The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part XXVI
July 7th, 2011 by slangon

I guess this post could technically be called “Payment” from Project ’62: Part 5 since all these cards came from Chris, but I like to keep my 1960 cards with my 1960 posts. I’m stubborn like that. Regardless of the title of this here post, I’m now half a dozen steps closer to my goal of finishing off the 1960 Topps Baseball set.

#262 Hank Bauer

This was Hank’s first card as a member of a team other than the Yankees. He was part of that crazy run of 9 A.L. Pennants and 7 World Series titles in 10 years. More importantly the led the Mets AAA affiliate Tidewater Tides to a championship in 1972.

#229 Joe Morgan

I bet you thought Joe Morgan didn’t break into the Majors until 1963. I bet you also thought Joe Morgan was a black guy. Looking at his career .193 batting average (I swear I’ll never understand how he got into the Hall of Fame with that average), I think it’s safe to say that Joe here is probably better known for his managing of the Red Sox in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Interestingly, the 1959 K.C. Athletics also produced future managers Dick Williams and Whitey Herzog.

#206 Claude Osteen

Claude Osteen was a pretty good pitcher in his day. 3 time All-Star. Won 20 games twice. More often than not, he won more than he lost. You know what the key to his success was? The consistency of his mechanics. Just look at those 2 photos of him on this card. The exact same delivery, including the exact same goofy look on his face.

I don’t know if Chris meant this or not, but the next three 1960 cards he sent are all guys who would eventually don the uniform of my favorite baseball club.

#304 Joe Ginsberg

Joe was actually an original Met. He appeared in 2 games, had 5 at-bats, 1 strikeout and not much else. They gave him his walking papers in May of 1962. I wonder if that eats at him, knowing that he was released by the worst team in the modern era. I guess it helped that after the Mets gave him the boot, he worked in a Jack Daniels distillery for 16 years.

#327 Ray Sadecki

Ray actually had 2 stints with the Mets, one from 1970-74 and then again for a short while in 1977. He actually got the save in Game 4 of the 1973 World Series for the Amazin’s. By the way, we all know how proud pitchers can be of their batting prowess. Well, Ray here belted a homer off of Tony Cloninger of the Braves on July 3, 1966. That must’ve felt pretty good, until you realize that earlier in the game Ray gave up a Grand Slam to Cloninger and the Giants lost to the Bravos 17-3. Buzz kill.

#436 Marvelous Marv Throneberry

Finally, we have the Marvelous One, Marv Throneberry. Another favorite story of mine about Marv supposedly happened when he was a member of those hapless 1962-63 Mets, of which Throneberry was a key contributor with his 17 errors in only 97 games. Apparently, it was Casey Stengel’s birthday, so the team had a cake for him in the clubhouse. Marv realized that the cake was gone and he didn’t get a piece so he complained. The Old Perfesser turned to him and said “We was gonna give you a piece but we was afraid you’d drop it!”

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