The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part XXII
February 23rd, 2011 by slangon

I have a half-assed system going on the desk in my office where I do most of my blog and card related activities. I have a bookshelf that houses all my boxes and binders of cards in the corner of the room, and there are usually 2 piles of cards on the desk by my computer. Pile 1 is cards that have either already been scanned and posted about, or have been deemed not post worthy. Those are just waiting to be logged into my master spreadsheet and then filed away into an appropriate binder or box. Pile 2, which for the last few months has been the bigger of the 2 piles, are cards that are waiting to be scanned to be used as future post fodder, and then logged in and filed. This system has always been fine in the past. Actually, it’s really fine now, too, except for one glitch. For some reason, I’ve been slow in scanning and logging these newly acquired cards to the point that I keep forgetting where exactly they came from. I think that problem has also been multiplied by the fact that I’ve knocked over that stack a few times and I’m pretty sure they didn’t go back in the same order, so there’s a lot of cards that are mixed up in there, so sometimes I have trouble figuring out the provenance of some of them. Luckily for everyone involved, I don’t get my cards from too many different sources, so I can usually make pretty good guesses as to where I got them.

For instance, today’s edition of The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set features 3 cards that I know I got from Sportlots. I just don’t remember what seller they came from, or if it was a big order or a little order. I guess in the long run, it doesn’t matter. All you need concern yourself with is that I’m 3 cards closer to completing the set.

All three cards are of managers, and I’m pleased to announce that with the acquisition of these 3 cards, the 1960 managers sub-set is completed. Huzzah for me.

#214 Jimmy Dykes

Man, Jimmy Dykes does not look happy with his lineup card. I guess considering that in 1960, his Tigers finished 6th with a 71-83 record, I’d be shaking my head too. Jimmy Dykes had both a very long career as a player and a very long career as a manager. He began playing the minors in 1917 and his last season as a skipper was 1961. That’s 44 years in professional baseball for those of you playing along at home. He played 15 years for the Philadelphia Athletics under Connie Mack, who was influential in the way that he later managed teams. Lifetime, he played in 2,282 games with 2,256 hits. He had 453 doubles and a .280 average. As a manager he had a career 1406-1541 record, with his best finish being the 1941 White Sox, who ended the season in 3rd place. The year this card came out, he was traded to the Indians for their manager, Joe Gordon. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of teams trading managers before. Jimmy was also known as a practical jokester, his specialty being exploding cigars. He once tried to slip one to a sportswriter he knew, but inadvertently gave the writer a real cigar and lit up the exploding one himself right in front of his intended victim. “Got my hands crossed,” Dykes explained.

#223 Danny Murtaugh

Murtaugh managed the Pirates on and off from 1957 to 1976. During that span, he led the team to 2 World Series Championships (1960 and 1971) as well as 3 more N.L. East Pennants (1970, 1974 & 1975). In 1970 and 1975, his team lost the N.L. Championship Series to the Big Red Machine, and in 1974 they lost to the Dodgers. He was known for holding press conferences from a rocking chair.

#224 Paul Richards

Paul Richards managed for 12 years in the Majors with the Orioles and the White Sox. He compiled a career record of 923-901. It seems sort of natural that he would manage the Orioles. He was a curiously bird-like look to him. He also spent 8 seasons playing during the 30’s and 40’s. Probably the highlight of his professional career, or at least the weirdest episode of his career, came when he was a 19 year old minor leaguer. On July 23, 1928, he was playing shortstop for the Muskogee Chiefs of the Class C Western Association. At some point in the game, he was moved from shortstop to pitcher.

Funny, I had heard about this happening in a Brooklyn Cyclones / Staten Island Yankees game a while back, but I had no idea that wasn’t the first time.

Well, that wraps up the managers from the 1960 set. Now it’s on to the rest of it.

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