…And because they are not elsewhere.
I will freely admit that this is a “clear out the folders” post. After you finish this post, you won’t find it hard to believe that work is taking up a lot of my time this week.
Nearly three years ago, I had something to say about this card. For whatever reason it didn’t make it into the post, so it’s here now.
Because it’s a 1965 card, I feel obligated to show the back.
Johnny Lewis wore #24 for the Mets before Willie Mays did…
…and before Ken Boswell and Ed Charles and Jim Beauchamp and Art Shamsky. One of these days when I have time, I’m going to finish the “Guy Before The Guy” post that I’m working on.
By the way, in 1965 Johnny Lewis is the guy who broke up Jim Maloney’s 10-inning no-hitter with a go-ahead homer. Maloney ended up with an 11-inning, 18-strikeout, complete game 1-0 loss.
Is Rusty Staub wearing a uniform anywhere underneath all those layers?
I’m including this card just because I like the name “Thormodsgard”.
Thormodsgard pitched all of one inning in 1979, and gave up a run and three hits (two singles and a homer) against the Rangers. That was his last MLB appearance. Before that he had a decent season in 1977, going 11-15 but pitching 8 complete games including a shutout.
Ron Hunt got 10% of the N.L. Rookie Of The Year votes in 1963. Some flash in the pan named Pete Rose got 85% of the votes (and the Phillies’ Ray Culp got the other 5%).
Don Bosch was apparently hyped as “The Next Mickey Mantle” at one point.
Spoiler Alert: He was not.
One of the ideas I have floating around in my head is writing a post on all of the “Next Mickey Mantles” who have come and gone in my lifetime. Feel free to suggest your favorite “Next Mickey Mantle”.