Monday, July 22, 2013

1968 TOPPS MANNY SANGUILLEN


AWESOME ROOKIE CARD.




PIRATES LEFT FORBES FIELD IN JUNE '70.



THE FRONT PAGE

  • There's no better icon for the adage "You can't walk off the island'' than Panamanian catcher Manny Sanguillen, one of the major-league's most notorious bad-ball hitters. While accepting an average of only 25 walks a season during a 13-year career, Sanguillen still had a .296 lifetime batting average, 10th highest all-time among catchers. His lifetime .326 on-base percentage reflects an absolute disdain for keeping the bat on his shoulder. 
  • The offense paired nicely with stout defensive ability. He had a lifetime .986 fielding percentage and threw out 38 percent of would-be base-stealers.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Despite his 30-game call-up in 1967, Sanguillen spent the entire '68 season in the minors at Triple-A Columbus. He hit .319 with eight homers and 60 RBI. 
  • Kent Tekulve broke Pete Mikkelsen's Pirate record for appearances with 94 in '79.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Sanguillen sells tracking a pop-up with Academy Award-winning precision and conviction.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • The rookie card of Sanguillen, who after hitting .319 with a career-high 81 RBI in '71, edged Johnny Bench on The Sporting News' All-Star team. It was the only time from '67-'75 that Bench didn't make the team.
  • Nailed 50 percent of would-be base-stealers in '71 (36 of 72).
  • Those all-around skills in '71 added up to a 5.0 WAR.
  • Sanguillen was an NL All-Star in '71, '72 and '75.
  • Third in the NL in batting in '70 with a career-high .325 average.
  • A good friend to Roberto Clemente, Sanguillen took his death in '72 particularly hard. He missed Clemente's funeral to dive the waters off Puerto Rico to look for his body, which was never found.
  • Sanguillen and Clemente did a number on my Orioles in the '71 World Series: Sanguillen hit .379 with 11 hits, second only to Clemente's 12.
  • Eight years later, he haunted the O's again in the World Series, winning Game 2 with a two-out ninth inning single off Don Stanhouse. The 3-2 victory tied the Series at 1.
  • Sanguillen was moved to right field to begin the '73 season in place of Clemente but the experiment failed and he returned behind the plate.
  • Caught Bob Moose's no-hitter in '69 against the Mets.
  • Operates Manny's BBQ at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome card, and an even more awesome post!

    I am a sucker for trivia and tidbits.

    5 stars :-)

    Nick J

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. Appreciate it.

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  2. This man had a ton of great cardboard in his day, but this one's the best. Sweet card.

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  3. '68 may not have been Topps' finest moment but they sure got this card right. It's terrific.

    I saw the Bob Moose no hitter at Shea. Clemente made a nice running catch late in the game to keep it going. Been to so many games but that's the only no hitter I've seen. Mets only lost ione more game at Shea the rest of the year.

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