Sunday, December 27, 2009

#69 - John Odom

Card fact: The first card of a player whose signature does not include his actual first name.

What I thought about this card then: Another one of my favorites. The combination of the bright border with the A's bright uniforms made this an easy one to like. I'm not sure what happened to the original card I had.

What I think about this card now: It remains a great card. I like Odom's knowing smile.

Other stuff: Odom's nickname came from childhood when a friend thought his round face looked like the moon. He enjoyed a long career with the Swingin' A's, and true to the A's reputation, he was involved in a fight with teammate Rollie Fingers just prior to the 1974 World Series with the Dodgers.

After his career, Odom endured drug and alcohol problems, but has remained clean since the mid-1980s. He's an avid golfer.

Back facts: The card says Odom shut out the Orioles in his first start. That's not true. The game against the Orioles, on Sept. 11, 1964, was Odom's second start. In his first start, on Sept. 5, he gave up six runs in two innings to the Yankees.

Other blog stuff: I'll go with a birthday today. On this date in 1975, former Brewers pitcher Jeff D'Amico was born.


Play at the Plate said...

Those STINKIN' did you know about his first start?

night owl said...

Research, Brian. Research.

Play at the Plate said...

Sure, go and make work out of it. That will teach me to trust everything I read on the back of cards. Now I'll be questioning whether the answers to their cartoonish questions are true or not.

Kinky Paprika said...

Odom's last major-league win (though not his last start) was a no-hitter.