Sunday, November 8, 2020

GIMMIE A DO-OVER- 1973 TOM HALLER

For the fun of it, today’s blog post has a re-done 1973 card for former all-star catcher Tom Haller, who was actually shown by Topps as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, airbrushed of course.
Take a look at the re-do and original cards:

Original 1973 Topps card
Re-done Tigers version


Actually, Haller finished the 1972 season with the Detroit Tigers, appearing in 59 games and hitting .207 with 25 hits in 121 at-bats in what turned out to be the last Big League action he’d see.
However on October 25th of 1972 Haller was purchased by the Phillies, so Topps understandably was trying to get ahead and have Haller as a Phillie for the upcoming 1973 set.
Well, as we have seen many times before (and since), turns out Haller would get released by Philadelphia in February of 1973, making the Phillies airbrush card unnecessary.
Regardless, Haller was a three-time All-Star over his 12-year Big League career, as well as garnering a little “MVP-attention” in back-to-back years in 1968 and 1969 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His best year would have to be 1966 while with the San Francisco Giants when he hit a career-best 27 home runs along with 67 runs batted in, scoring 74 runs, hitting .240 with 113 hits in 471 at-bats.
All told he finished his career with a .257 average, with 134 homers and 504 RBIs over 1294 games and 3935 at-bats between 1961 and 1972.

 



 

10 comments:

  1. His '72 cards - regular and In Action - are worthy of a do-over, too. He's depicted on the Tigers, yet he's wearing a Dodgers uniform.

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  2. Actually, the Phillies released Haller in 1974, not 1973. He spent all of '73 in limbo, having decided not to report to the Phillies.

    That seems odd, passing up a chance to work with Steve Carlton, who just came off a 27-win season. Maybe he knew he would just be a nursemaid to rookie Bob Boone, and decided it wasn't worth it.

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    1. ALong with what Jim said, Haller coming to the Phillies was actually an elaborate way for the Tigers to "trade" for Woodie Fryman during the '72 season. After Fryman helped the Tigers win the division that season, the Tigers sold Haller and a pitcher (can't remember the guy) to complete a waivers deal. Haller, who began working in the insurance business, decided that after hitting just .207 with the Tigers and, as Jim wrote, backing up rookie Bob Boone as his new role, decided to retire instead. The "release' occurred because the Phillies held out hope that he would join them. As it turned out, Haller went back into baseball for front office work. Anyway, we get this lovely airbrushing that compares with Ken Sanders (who never played for the Phillies), Wayne Twitchell (who got airbrushed even though he played for the Phillies the entire '72 season), Jim Lonborg, Cesar Tovar, and Ken Brett.

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