Monday, October 18, 2010
Gerry Moses' stint with the New York Yankees was very short, and already over by the time this card was released. Moses didn't play for the Yankees in 1974. He was traded during spring training to the Tigers, yet didn't have a card in the Traded set. So, along with Paul Popovich, (card #14), I'm adding a new "Traded with no Traded Card" label. I'm wondering if the Traded set had its own deadline for making the set. Moses played all of 18 games in 1973 for the Pinstripes, 17 at catcher, and one at DH. The following year, 1975, was his last in the bigs, and played a mere 7 games split between the Padres and White Sox.
I remember this card from when I was a kid, but nothing stood out about it other than it was a baseball card in my set. Of course, when you play behind Thurman Munson, you might not get much playing time at all. And just how his Moses' first name spelled anyway? This card says "Gerry," but the Baseball Reference [dot] com website spells it "Jerry." I typed in "Gerry" and it came up anyway. Maybe the web designers at BR had the same question and decided to allow both spellings get to his stats.
Cartoon: Wow, small world, to play sandlot ball with Archie Manning. What I wonder about Manning is why he would wear a football uniform playing sandlot ball. Maybe Moses is the one who convinced him that he had a brighter future on the gridiron. Don't look now, but I think Pig Pen grew up in their neighborhood, too.
Ballpark background: I really can't figure out where this photo was taken. It's likely that it was at a Spring Training facility of another Grapefruit League team, given the Yanks' road threads. There's a chain link fence at the stands, and there's no warning track before the fence. I've never seen a big league park like this, so I'm giving this card the spring training location label.