Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bruce Brubaker - Why does he have a card?

Here we have card #276 - Bruce Brubaker. Although the card back says the Dodgers acquired Bruce from the Tigers' organization, he spent the 1966 season (on loan?) with the Phillies' triple-A team in San Diego, so I suspect that's a Phillies uniform he's wearing (with red windbreaker under his jersey, of course!)

The most interesting part (ok, the only interesting part) about this card are his stats on the back. To date, Bruce had not racked up any appearances for a major league team, yet he somehow managed to get a full baseball card all to himself.



Why does he have a card?

7 comments:

MattR said...

Heh--he looks like Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley.

Cliff said...

I really like whatever it is he's doing with his hair. I've got him on a post with some other guys with funny hair from the 60s:

http://reallybadbaseballcards.blogspot.com/2012/12/good-hair-day.html

Don Brubaker said...

For the two gentlemen above, it is extraordinarily easy to criticize others, but i suspect that neither of you has struck out Mickey Mantle or been clocked at 97 mph in the last year of your career. This pitcher has done both.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Don,

The mystery still remains: why did (I assume your relative) get his own Topps baseball card without any prior major-league experience?

TwinsDad2017 said...

Fair question Jim,

When the LA photographer showed up, he was with the Phillies, hence a white shirt was used to try to cover the red uniform for the card. Bruce received the 1965 Tigers rookie card with Bill Roman as he was slated to be the #3 starting pitcher, until the manager had a stroke. The new manager sent him back down to AAA.
I have an opinion about the Dodgers card, but I can't confirm it.

Jim from Downingtown said...

The Phillies didn't have red uniforms. What they DID have were players that wore a red windbreaker UNDER their white jersey. (This can also be seen on various Reds' and Indians' cards in the mid-1960s.)

TwinsDad2017 said...

My apologies. I remember the windbreaker well, as he gave it to me. It was unremarkable, with no markings of any kind. But i wish i still had it.