Friday, March 31, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1970 MERRITT RANEW

Here’s a “missing” 1970 card for one of the Seattle Pilots in their lone 1969 season, former catcher Merritt Ranew:


Ranew appeared in 54 games for the Pilots, his first taste of Major League action since the 1965 season when he played for the California Angels.
In those games for Seattle he batted .247 with 20 hits over 81 at-bats while filling in behind the plate as well as a few games in the outfield and one at third base.
Those would be the final games of his five-year MLB career, finishing up with a .247 average, collecting 147 hits in 594 at-bats with five teams between 1962 and 1969.

2 comments:

  1. The cap-less photo fits perfectly with 1970 topps, but that was generally so they could show the player on his new team without having to airbrush. But this guy actually has the Seattle uniform on. Maybe they took pictures of both (cap and no cap) just in case. If Merritt signed with another team in time to get a card they would have just cropped out the uniform and there you go. This card will fit in nicely to replace the white piece of paper that says "Merritt Ranew - Pilots - Catcher" in my 1970 binder.

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