Card # 326: Marv Throneberry
Marv was signed by the Yankees in 1952 as a free agent.
Great cartoon on the back of the card, noting that Marv's brother Faye was also a baseball player (Faye will be the next post in this series). What's been interesting about the backs of the cards so far is the various minor leagues that were around at that time.
The I.I.I. league, also known as the 3I league, was a minor league that played in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Marv played as you can see on the back of the card in the league for the 52 and 53 seasons, winning a championship with the Quincy Gems in 53.
How'd he fare in 1959? Marv was a part time player for the Yankees in the 59 season, playing in 80 games. He hit .240 with 8 HR and 22 RBI.
- Marv started and completed a game only 36 times in 1959. In 9 of those games, he had 2 or more hits, including 3 3-hit games.
- He was part of the big off season trade in December of 59 that saw Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern and Marv shipped off to the KC Athletics for 3 players, including Roger Maris.
- Marv had one career post season AB in 1958, but it was enough to get him a World Series ring as the Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves in 7 games
Marv passed away from cancer in 1993 at the age of 60.
Thanks for reading, Robert