Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Final Card: Orlando McFarlane

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Now, where was I..., oh yeah, Orlando McFarlane.

This is the final card for backup catcher Orlando McFarlane (#496), one of four players named Orlando in the 1967 set. McFarlane was signed by the Pirates in 1958, and toiled in their system though 1963 (although getting an 8-game cup of coffee in 1962). In 1960, he played at 3rd base more than as a catcher, and also saw action at shortstop.

In 1964 he spent the entire season with the Pirates, but only played in 37 games. The following season, he was back in the minors all year, but split his time between the Pirates' and Senators' farm teams.

After the 1965 season, he was selected by the Tigers in the Rule 5 draft. Orlando spent the entire 1966 season in Detroit as Bill Freehan's backup. Just before the 1967 season started, he was traded to the Angels, as we see on the back of this late-series card. (This trade happened so last-minute that Topps only included 1 Tigers' catcher (Freehan) in the 1967 set, while having 4 Angels' catchers!) He was ticketed as the 3rd-string catcher behind Bob Rodgers and Tom Satriano, but he must have been injured in mid-season, because he only played 12 games for the Angels (none after June 3rd) and no games in the minors.

In 1968 McFarlane spent most of the season with the Angels' triple-A team in Seattle, but did play 18 games for the Angels. That would be his last major-league action, as not even the creation of 4 expansion teams could keep him in the majors. During 1969 and 1970, he played for the Angels' and Mets' triple-A teams.


Matt Runyon said...

glad to see ya on Zistle!

Anthony Hughes said...

I'll always remember Orlando because he was first 60's Angels card I ever bought. I got it at a card show in the gym, and paid like $0.25. Seems cheap, but it was probably about as much as 2 whole packs cost at that time. like '77 or '78, not sure. I still have that card.

Cliff said...

Hey Jim:

What I really like about this one is the expression. What did the photog say to get that reaction.

I've got Orlando and some other guys with weird expressions here: