Today we have two cards I obtained last year in a brief run I made towards filling in some of the cards which feature the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy.
Frank Linzy was 3rd in NL Rookie Of The Year voting in 1965, finishing behind winner Jim Lefebvre and 2nd place guy Joe Morgan. He had some nice numbers that season, all working out of the bullpen: 9-3, 1.43 ERA and 20 saves. After a quick scan of his quite nice career stats (almost exclusively in relief), I wonder if he would’ve been a better-known pitcher if his career had started even 10 years later.
I find it interesting that despite modern-day statements which make it sound as if nobody tracked Saves before 1969 (the year it became an official stat), almost every one of Linzy’s baseball cards mentions Saves in the writeup. Hmmm.
Jimmie Coker played in a career-high 81 games in 1960, the season which got him an All-Star Rookie nod. He’d spend most of 1961 with the AAA Buffalo Bisons and would spend much of the 1960’s as a AAA starter and a Major League backup for the Phils, Giants and Reds.
I love this posed shot with another Phillie in the background. I also love the huge uniform numbers. Gene Conley wore #29 in 1960 and before, so would that be him? This is a 2nd series card, so the photo is probably not from 1961.