Thursday, September 30, 2010
#328 - Sonny Siebert
Card fact: This is the final Topps card issued of Sonny Siebert during his career.
What I thought about this card then: This card amused my brothers and I. We thought "Sonny" was a strange name and the guy pictured on the card must have been odd to accept being called "Sonny." Look at him smiling about his silly name!
What I think about this card now: I think we treated Sonny unfairly as kids.
Other stuff: Siebert started out as a regular in the Indians' starting pitching rotation during the 1960s, then established himself as a reliable starter for the Red Sox in the early 1970s. He was a two-time All-Star.
Siebert also swung a respectable bat. (He began his pro career as an outfielder). In 1971, he had one of the better hitting seasons for a pitcher, delivering six home runs and 15 RBIs and batting .266 in 79 at-bats. Two of those home runs came in one game, and he was the last A.L. pitcher to hit two home runs in a regular season game.
At the end of Siebert's career, he bounced around between the Rangers, Cardinals, Padres and A's.
Back facts: Wilfred? OK, Sonny isn't so bad now.
You can see that Topps squeezed in that Siebert was traded to the Padres, but it was too late for it to get a photo of him as a Padre. In fact, by the time some collectors pulled this card, even the write-up on the back was outdated, because Siebert was traded again, to the A's, in May of 1975.
Other blog stuff: OK, it's time to finally name this "brown-orange" color combo. There is a poll on the sidebar. The suggestions were all basically mentioned by commenters. I will go with whatever receives the most votes.