Friday, December 17, 2010

1980 freddie patek

freddie patek signed a free agent deal with the angels after the 1979 season.  here is his 1980 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
i suppose i should refer to patek as 'diminutive' or 'scrappy'.  he was listed as 5'4" and 140 pounds, yet led the american league in triples in 1971 and steals in 1977.  supplanted by ul washington and his toothpick, patek joined the angels and split time at short with bert campaneris.  he managed to hit 3 home runs in one game against the red sox in 1980, two against dick drago and one off of jack billingham on june 20th at fenway.  the following year, the angels brought in rick burleson, and patek became a utility guy although he appeared in only 27 games.

voici à vous, 1980 freddie patek!

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