Thursday, September 22, 2011

#656 - Bill Plummer

Card fact: We're getting down to the wire here. This is the last card featuring a photo of a player posing with a bat.

What I thought about this card then: I never saw it.

What I think about this card now: I upgraded this card a year or so ago after being blissfully unaware that there was a significant crease running through the right side of the card. This card has a little ding at the top, but I'm much happier with it.

Also, on many of Plummer's cards, he's featured with a major chaw in his cheek. I'm disappointed that isn't displaying one on this card.

Other stuff: Plummer spent most of his major league career as a back-up to Johnny Bench. He filled in for Bench between 1972-78. Plummer was your typical good-field, no-hit backup backstop. He finished with a career .188 batting average after 367 games between 1968-78.

Plummer played his final season with the Mariners in 1979. He then went into coaching in the Seattle organization. He later worked as a third base coach for Seattle, then managed them for a year in 1992 before the Mariners hired Lou Piniella.

Plummer went on to manage in independent leagues (he managed a player from my area, and I had planned to talk to him about the player. But the player was notorious for not wanting to talk about himself, so the story never happened and I never talked to Plummer). He is now an instructor in the Diamondbacks organization.

Back facts: The write-up reads like an explanation as to why Topps is giving Plummer a card.

Other blog stuff: Dodger blue legend Tommy Lasorda was born on this date. He is 84 years old.


Play at the Plate said...

It looks like it's about half a mile to the fence in that park. I like catchers, but they were stretching a bit giving him a card.

Johngy said...

I once read an article in which it stated that a Reds coach (Alex Grammas?) once said that Plummer could be a starter for a lot of teams. With an average of .188, that seems unlikely.
Don't get me wrong. I liked Plummer and elected him into my Backup Catcher Hall of Fame, but I doubt he would have started for most teams.

EggRocket said...

ah, Bill Plummer ... a Reds catcher in the 70s. And for all of us chasing Bench cards, the very bane of our existence.

Flitgun Frankie said...

In 1970's baseball, you couldn’t be any more of a back-up than being Johnny Bench's back-up. It was like being Lou Gehrig's back up on the 1930's Yankees.