Sunday, November 30, 2014

THE MYSTERY MAN- BOB MONTGOMERY AND ALL HIS TOPPS CARDS

Has anyone else ever wondered how Red Sox part-time catcher Bob Montgomery managed to have a card in every Topps set between 1971 and 1980 while barely playing!?
I can easily count 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1979 as cards that really leave me scratching my head.
Even his 1974 card can be argued as a "why?" situation, with only 34 games of action in 1973.
In the years previously mentioned, Montgomery played in only 24 games in 1972, 31 games in 1976, 17 games in 1977 and 10 games in 1978.
Yet Topps gave him a slot in every card set the following year.
Just wondering why he was in Topps good graces so much.
In the ten years Montgomery played in the Majors, 1970-1979 (all in Boston), he played a total of 387 games! 
So with that average of 39 games a year, he scored TEN Topps cards!
Wild!
Just one of those quirky things that keep me going in this hobby. You gotta love it!
Let's take a look at his "mystery" cards from the 1970's, shall we?

1973

1977

1978

1979

I don't remember Montgomery at all as a kid, but I'm guessing he was just a solid guy to have on the bench for the Red Sox.
His career numbers are decent enough: a .258 batting average with 23 homers and 156 runs batted in over 1185 at-bats.
But he WAS one of those players I remember pulling out of packs every year, never really paying much attention to his stats on the reverse.
Good for you Bob!

6 comments:

  1. Bob Montgomery was also known as the Mohican. I think he was the last big leaguer to bat without a helmet.

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  2. In those days, Topps printed a card for 25 or so players per team, including the backup catcher (no matter how little he played). With Carlton Fisk around, I'm sure the backup played VERY little.

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  3. His 1973 Strat-O-Matic card was great with a .320/7/25 line in only 128 ab's.

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    1. His 1978 Strat-O-Matic card was the worst - I think 4 of the columns had nothing but strikeouts.

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  4. Not only did Topps keep issuing him cards, but the Red Sox let Ernie Whitt and Bo Diaz go so they could keep Montgomery.

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  5. I will always remember Montgomery coming to bat in the bottom of the 9th in game 7 of the 1975 World Series without his batting helmet. I wondered how he got away with it but apparently he was "grandfathered" in or something. Hilarious! Anyway, he made out no. 2 and Yaz followed him up by flying out to Geronimo in center to end the most exciting Series of my lifetime.

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