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.

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