Thursday, July 13, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 TY CLINE

Here’s a “missing” career-capping 1972 card for 12-year veteran outfielder Ty Cline, who played the last of his Major League career games in 1971 with the Cincinnati Reds:


Cline appeared in 69 games for the Reds, batting .196 while collecting 19 hits over 97 at-bats, scoring 12 runs.
Originally up as a 21-year-old with the Cleveland Indians in 1960, Cline would go on to play with six organizations during his Big League career, spending the most time with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, along with the Indians, San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and Reds.
He’d finish his career with 437 hits over 1834 at-bats for a batting average of .238, getting a chance at post season play in 1970 with Cincinnati, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.

5 comments:

  1. I remember him for his part in the 1970 World Series Game One. He banged that high bouncer off home plate that led to Ellie Hendricks' non-tag of Bernie Carbo. It was very controversial at the time.

    If you look at NBC's replay you can see what everyone but my Dad missed...Hendricks made the tag with his glove but the ball was in his throwing hand.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF0FCsWcuy4

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    1. Not as bad as Denkinger's call in the '85 series, but a bad call nonetheless.

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  2. The worst non-call was in the '75 series when Ed Armbrister interfered with Carlton Fisk at home plate costing the Red Sox that one run game and probably the series. Best series ever! Reds heavily favored barely beat the Sox. BTW Gio. Great card. I have plenty of Ty Cline's and probably at least one of him every year from my collecting in the 60's and early 70's.

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    1. That call stunk too but it did immortalize the otherwise obscure Armbrister. Hard to believe the arrogance of the home plate umpire.

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    2. Good point about Armbrister. The first paragraph of his bio on Baseball Reference (you made me look) mentions this play. With only 265 career at bats, I guess this had to be the highlight of his career.

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