Sunday, October 9, 2011

1979 bob robertson

although he never played for the royals, that's not why i think there might be an error on bob robertson's 1979 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
i am more curious about the text that was added.  although it technically states that robertson was a free agent on march 1, the implication is that he signed with kansas city on that date.  however, according to the ludington daily news on march 3, 1979, robertson had only earned an invitation to spring training with the royals.  he was cut from camp on march 30, so at least we know that o-pee-chee went to press in 1979 sometime in march.  don't worry about robertson, though, since on april 23, 1979 he signed a contract with the blue jays.

robertson, who had hit .230 in his lone year with the mariners after 9 seasons (and 11 years) in pittsburgh, managed just 3 hits in 32 plate appearances for the blue jays in 1979. he walked three times, and one of his hits was a home run. that home run was the back end of a back-to-back sequence against the brewers' bill travers in the bottom of the 8th of an april contest, and broke a 3-3 tie. the jays scored again later in the 8th and won 5-3. robertson failed to receive consistent playing time, and in late june he was released by the blue jays, ending his big league career.

voici à vous, 1979 bob robertson!

1 comment:

  1. My memories, vague as they are, are of Robertson getting some big hits against the Cubs. But then there were so many guys that did.