I decided to make this SSPC post about Horace Speed because I knew absolutely nothing about Mr. Speed going into this.
Horace Speed… Played in three seasons in the Majors; 1975 with the Giants, and 1978-79 with the Indians. Overall, he played 12 seasons of professional baseball. His first professional homer was a grand slam and he was an All-Star in the Pioneer League in 1969 and in the Pacific Coast League in 1975.
His first and last Major League appearances were both pinch-running for the catcher…
In his first appearance, Opening Day of 1975, he pinch ran for catcher Dave Rader in the 9th inning of a scoreless tie. Pitcher Jim Barr – the starting pitcher batting for himself in the 9th inning! – sacrificed Speed over to second, but he would eventually get stranded. The Giants would score two in the top of the 10th to give Barr a 10-inning shutout win. Randy Jones started for the Padres and pitched a scoreless, 9-inning no-decision.
In Speed’s last Major League appearance, June 26th, 1979, he pinch-ran for catcher Cliff Johnson, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and was stranded.
Cardboard History: I assumed that the SSPC card was Horace’s only national cardboard appearance, but his 70 games with Cleveland in 1978 got him a card in the 1979 Topps set.
Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”
There’s not a lot to work with in the background, so I’ll go with “Pretty Sure It’s Shea”.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6