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1978 BOB MONTGOMERY - C (BOS)
I know posting scans is generally discouraged, but I just picked up a '78 set and this card needs to be seen to be believed. If anyone's really looking to yoink a Bob Montgomery card, God bless 'em.
I know we've all seen worse cards, but what stands out to me is:
1. The Strikeouts - Whiffs on 27 of 33 chances vs. LHP! Even the "plus injury" is a strikeout.
2. The Percentage - He faced southpaws 48% of the time! Most of the cards I've seen this bad are 'Left-Hand Batter' vs. 'Left-Hand Pitcher' with like 1% or so, not righties who faced lefties half the time.
3. The Automatic Triples and Doubles - The guy had one triple and gets two full splits for it. Similarly, he hit one two-bagger in 14 PA against lefties and has three full DOUBLE chances plus a 1-19 split.
4. Part of 20-man Team - He only had 29 ABs and was part of the basic set - not an Additional Player!
Bob Montgomery was Carlton Fisk's backup - kind of like being Brett Favre's backup in the nineties - you hold the clipboard most of the time. Monty only appeared in ten games in 1978, nine of which were starts to prevent Pudge from having to catch both ends of a doubleheader...no pinch hit appearances. He only had seven hits all season and four of them came in one game - went 4 for 5 with a triple in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader in Detroit on May 21. He collected two more on August 30 vs. Toronto.
I get it - every team needed two catchers and Strat had a formula back then of 7 pitchers, a pair of catchers, and 5 or 6 infielders and 5 or 6 outfielders. I also understand that mathematically speaking, that nearly 30% of his hits (2 of 7) were extra-base hits. But, wow. I checked the roster sheet expecting at least a caution against using him like Strat did on occasion, but no dice...caveat emptor I guess.
I know I'm just a rook in terms of my Strat collecting - only ever had one season (1980) until recently - so I'd love to hear from the vets if this truly is that unusual and of other card oddities over the years.
"Strato ergo sum - I Strat, therefore I am."
Last Edited By: tweek 05/31/15 12:58 AM. Edited 3 times