Sunday, December 16, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1965 Topps #105 Chico Salmon

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, December 16, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1965 Topps #105.
  • Player Name, position, team: Chico Salmon, outfielder, Cleveland Indians.
  • Major League Debut: June 28, 1964.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1964 stats (Indians): 86 G, 283 AB, 43 R, 87 H, 17 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, .307 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Signed with the Senators as a Free Agent before the 1959 season. Traded by the Braves to the Indians in October, 1963.  Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 9. This is his second Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Chico made a favorable impression upon Cleveland's fans in 1964.  The young rookie had the Tribe's top batting mark, though he only appeared in 86 ballgames.  In 1960, Chico's first year (as a professional), the outfielder led the Pioneer League with 182 hits."
  • Commentary: The 1965 Topps set utilized pennants as the main design element, holding the team name of each player.  The colored borders also made it easy to sort cards by teams.  Looking back, it would have been fun to try and combine players into "fantasy teams" based on the colored border of the cards, regardless of team affiliation.  Although I guess there may have been some colors more used than others, it would make it a bit of a challenge.  Ruthford Eduardo Salmon was a fairly good hitter who played during the mid 60's through the mid 70's for both the Indians and Orioles.  He could, and did, play any position in the infield or outfield, earning himself the nickname of "Super Sub." Although he did not hit for power (31 home runs and 149 rbi's in 9 seasons), he was always able to hit and get on base.  In 1965, Salmon appeared in 79 games for the Tribe, hitting .242 with 3 home runs and 12 runs driven in.  He was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft after the 1968 season, but was traded before the 1969 season to the Orioles.  With the Orioles, he appeared in two consecutive World Series, and was on hand as the O's won the 1970 championship.  Chico Salmon passed away on September 17, 2000 in Panama from a heart attack.  He was 59 years old.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.75-$2.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 0.
In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card, but was able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. So thank you Joe McAnally and the folks at the BCCM..

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1985 Topps #2. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Come on back then to see what the Topps Card Randomizer gets us to look at then.


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