#15: Dick Drott, Chicago Cubs
Career beginnings: Dick was signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1954.
- Dick placed 3rd in rookie of the year voting in 1957
- He led the NL in walks during the '57 season with 129
- He was not part of a championship club
Career Line: 27-46 4.78 ERA and 1.499 WHIP over 7 MLB seasons
Loved to face: Bill Mazeroski (5/40 .125 1 HR 6K)
Hated to face: Harry Anderson (11/24 .458 3HR 11 RBI)
How did he do in 1959? 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 8 appearances (6 starts), his season was limited due to arm issues.
- He pitched a complete game shutout vs. Milwaukee on June 14th, scattering 7 hits in a 6-0 win.
About the card:
- This is Dick's 2nd card release, his RC was card #80 in the '58 Topps set. The cartoon on the back is kind of funny. First, one usually thinks of strikeout pitchers as throwing flames, not lightning bolts (at least I do). Also, are those boots he's wearing? It has to be tough pitching with those on.
- The front of the card is a plain head shot, with Dick staring upwards at heaven knows what. I've noticed from the first few dozen cards that I've acquired that this is a common theme.
- The black front with yellow letters reminds is one of 13 different color combinations that I've identified in the first group of cards.
- I picked this card up at a card show, which is where I imagine I'll end up getting the majority of the set. I'll do my best to keep track of this as well.