Sunday, March 16, 2014

One and Done: 1965-1968

This is the thirteenth part of my running theme, unimaginatively dubbed 'One and Done'. Here, I focus on cards of Reds players who, whether it be their only year in the bigs or their only year with the club, found themselves on the Cincinnati roster for only one season, yet long enough to sneak onto a card donning the Cincinnati red. That was a very convoluted sentence that I am choosing not to edit.

Today we're looking at 1965-1968. These season saw a light 13 One-and-Doners (3, 1, 3, and 6, respectively). Sandwiched between World Series appearances in 1961 and 1970, these years were very middling for the Reds. Good things were to come, though, with key rookies Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Tommy Helms, as well as a youthful Pete Rose, starting to shine. Of these 13 one-timers, my collection houses 7 of em. Not too shaby.

Roger Craig. 12 year playing career with 5 teams, lead league in shutouts in 1959, 10 year managerial career including an NL Pennant in 1989.

With the Reds: 1965, 64.1 IP in 40 games, 30 K's, 3.64 ERA, 1-4 record.

Charlie James. 6 year career with 2 teams, Cardinals and Reds.

With the Reds: 1965, 41 PA in 26 games, 2 RBI, .205 BA.

Floyd Robinson. 9 year career with 4 teams. Lead league in doubles in 1962. MVP votes in 4 seasons.

With the Reds: 1967, 145 PA in 65 games, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .238 BA.

Bob "Rocky" Johnson. 11 year career with 7 teams. Played all four infield postions.

With the Reds: 1968, 17 PA in 16 games, 1 RBI, .267 BA.

Mack "The Knife" Jones. 10 year career with 3 teams. Hit the first Major League home run in Canada in 1969 with the Expos, who would subsequently name their left field bleachers 'Jonesville'. Hit 31 honers in 1965.

With the Reds: 1968, 271 PA in 103 games, 10 HR, 34 RBI, .252 BA.

Bill Kelso. 4 year career with 2 teams. Spent nearly 30 years as an MLB scout.

With the Reds: 1968, 54.1 IP in 35 games, 39 K's, 3.98 ERA, 4-1 record.

Jimmie Schaffer. 8 year career with 6 teams. Managed in the Minors for the Orioles.

With the Reds: 1968, 6 AB in 4 games, 1 RBI, .167 BA.


Missing from the Collection:

Jim Duffalo

Hank Fischer

Len Boehmer
Jake Wood

Dan McGinn
Jay Ritchie

Go Reds.

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