Thursday, August 22, 2013

WE HARDLY KNEW YA: 1971 BOB GARIBALDI AND A TEAM HE NEVER PLAYED FOR

Man, Topps must have been scrambling for guys to fill card slots when it got to the last series of the 1971 set.
Just take a gander at the player on card #701, Bob Garibaldi.
Here is a guy who appeared in nine games in 1962, four games in 1963, one game (for only one inning) in 1966, and one final game (for five innings) in 1969, all for the San Francisco Giants.
Yet here he is, donning a Kansas City Royals uniform even though he never played an official game for them in his career.
Pretty confusing on Topps part considering that they seemed to be at a loss for correct photos of players on their new teams throughout the decade, resulting in many of the airbrushing disasters profiled on this blog.
Garibaldi totaled 15 career games for 26.1 innings, with an 0-2 record in the Majors, pitching his last game on October 1st, 1969.
On October 19th of 1970, he was traded to Kansas City for Fran Healy, but never even played for any of their Minor League teams, as he was then shipped off to the San Diego Padres in April of 1971!
I have checked and rechecked the image on this card and I am quite certain that this is NOT an amazing airbrush job. So the mystery as to how they got this photo of him in Royal blue is beyond me!
Anyone know the deal here?

Wearing a uniform for a team he never played for.

2 comments:

  1. He must have been invited to Spring Training. Look at the background.

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  2. Another reason I love the high number set of 1971.

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