Saturday, September 19, 2015

TIME FOR ANOTHER HEAD SCRATCHER- 1972 BOB ASPROMONTE

Here's another that has left me wondering: the Topps 1972 Bob Aspromonte card.


The fellow Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native is shown at the tail end of his career as a Cincinnati Reds player.
However, a couple of things: first, he never played for the Reds. As a matter of fact he never played Major League ball again after 1971 with the New York Mets.
Secondly, I cannot find any record of him even signing with the Reds before the 1972 season (??). 
Was he a Spring Training invite? Did he just happen to be in the right place at the right time, leading to a card in the '72 set?
Anyone know what was going on here?
As stated earlier, Aspromonte wrapped up a decent 13-year career in 1971, playing for the Dodgers, Colt .45's/Astros, Braves and Mets.
In 1324 games played he collected 1103 hits over 4369 at-bats, good for a .252 average with 60 homers and 457 runs batted in.
His brother Ken was also a long time Major League player as well as manager. He even appears in the 1972 set on a card I profiled a while ago because it looks like the photo was taken in the middle of the street in my old neighborhood. I kid you not. (Look it up. So odd).

3 comments:

  1. This story mentions that Aspromonte was in the Reds' camp as a non-roster invitee, but did not make the team. (By that time, Topps probably had all their cards setup.)

    http://retrosimba.com/2012/03/18/why-cardinals-career-had-sour-ending-for-julian-javier/

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    1. In the photo, it looks like he was wearing #17, so that kind of indicates that the Reds expected him to have a decent shot at making the team. Obviously, Topps did as well.

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  2. I checked out KA's card. That's nuts. Did he invite the photographer to his childhood home for the photoshoot? I'd love to know where that was taken.

    Also, maybe you could do an early 70's version of a Baseball Brothers card for Bob and Ken.

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