Saturday, September 15, 2012

Final Card: Bill Wakefield

Here's Bill Wakefield's final card (#443). He also appeared in the 1965 set, and on a Mets Rookies card in 1964 set, which used a photo very similar to this one.

Wakefield was signed by the Cardinals in 1961, and pitched in their system from 1961-63, working his way up from class-A Lancaster (PA), through AA Tulsa, and AAA Atlanta. After the '63 season, Bill was traded to the Mets with outfielder George Altman for pitcher Roger Craig.

Bill spent the entire 1964 season with the Mets, appearing in 62 games (all but 4 in relief). It would be his only major-league experience, as he spent the 1965 season in triple-A and all of 1966 in double-A before hanging 'em up.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Final Card: Greg Bollo

This is the 2nd and final card for White Sox' pitcher Greg Bollo (#301). He also appeared in the 1965 set on a White Sox rookies card with Bob Locker.

Bollo was signed by Chicago in 1964, and was a starting pitcher for 2 different class-A teams in the Sox' organization, before jumping all the way to the majors in 1965. He was with the White Sox for the entire '65 season, pitching 22 innings across 15 games, but finishing with a 0-0 record.

Greg was busted all the way back to class A in 1966, compiling an 11-11 record in 25 starts, before being recalled in September. His game action with Chicago consisted of 2 relief appearances in late September, as well as starting the last game of the season, a 2-0 loss to the Yankees where he lasted 4 innings. That was to be his last major-league appearance.

Bollo pitched the next 4 seasons for the White Sox' AAA and AA clubs, mostly as a starter, then hung up his spikes after the 1970 season.  

We're getting near the end of the "Final Card" series. I don't have the (final) 1966 cards for Bob Purkey, Dick Bertell, Art Mahaffey, Choo Choo Coleman, Chi Chi Olivo, Bob Sadowski, Dave Roberts, or Frank Carpin Birdie Tebbetts. That leaves only 3 more to go for this 1966 set: 2 Mets and a Dodger.