Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Plain Ugly (’60s Version, White Guys)

At Really Bad Baseball Cards, we’re an equal opportunity discriminator.  This week, we’ll be looking at some ugly white guys.  Next week, we’ll be looking at some ugly black guys.  “Valuing diversity” – it’s our middle name.

Really just your basic, run-of-the-mill ugly dude. 

Wes Stock pitched in relief for the Orioles and A’s for nine years.  Comparable pitchers include John Pall, Todd Frowirth, and Dave Heaverlo. 

Wes had more success as a pitching coach, doing that for 18 years.  He also had a two-year stint broadcasting Mariners’ games.

Poor Wes …  his middle name is Gay. 



The one thing everyone seems to say about Denis Menke is that he was versatile.  Seems he played every position but pitcher and catcher.  Further, he was a starter at every infield position in at least one of his 13 years.

Somebody out there in Internet land found a comic book on Denis from 1970 and scanned most of it in.  Absolutely priceless.  You gotta check this one out!


Do you remember granny dolls?  It was an arts ‘n crafts thing back in the ‘70s or so.  The heads were typically made from dried-up apples, to give Granny that sufficiently wrinkled look.  Kinda like Harvey here.

Everyone knows Harvey Haddix for his 12-inning perfect game.  You might not know that he also had a pretty decent career.  He finished with a very respectable 136-113 record, was a three-time All Star and Gold Glover, and once led the NL in shutouts and WHIP.

Roger, on the other hand, looks like one of those papier-mâché  balloon heads.

Roger Craig was a decent pitcher … before he was drafted by the ’62 Mets that is.  Before: 49-38 record, led league in shutouts, three World Series.  After:  25-60 record, individual years of 10-24 and 5-22.

Luckily, he had a chance to redeem himself as a coach and manager.  In the latter capacity, he finished 738-737 and also won a pennant with the Giants.


Poor Bob Oldis.  A lifelong backup catcher (never breaking 100 at bats in one season and hitting only one homer in his career), he wasn’t exactly blessed in the looks department either. 

I’ve got to salute him, though.  He may be the ultimate baseball lifer.  His minor league career started in the ‘40s and he was still working as a scout in 2007 – seven decades later!

By the way, those are pretty funny ears, aren't they?

Ted was always careful to remove the bolts from his neck before any photo opportunities.

I discussed Ted’s stats in another post.  I didn’t mention, though, that he was the first reliever to get 30 saves and also set a then record for appearances, with 84. 

He’s a local boy, by the way, from the tiny burg of Stanley, NC.

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1 comment:

  1. The text on these posts has me absolutely rolling. You are a very witty fellow. I had forgotten all about that Ted Abernathy card! (I was 11 at the time.) His '65 card is pretty scary, too.