Sunday, January 29, 2017

mfc FABER TEACHES-HoF Weekend, 1964

This is a play off the 1964 Topps card "CASEY TEACHES", one of my favorite Met cards from the 1960's.

I learned a lot about "Red" Faber in the making of this card. Here's some cool stuff I could not squeeze in on the card back:
> He pitched a perfect game in the minor leagues for Dubuque.
>  In his 1915 season, he won 24 games to tie for second in the American League behind Walter Johnson, and he led the league with 50 appearances. In one game that season, he pitched a three-hitter with only 67 pitches.
>  In one game against Boston he stole home, a rare feat for a pitcher.
> Perhaps his last great performance was a one-hitter at age 40 in 1929.


This card below goes out to Stubby, who reminded me of the Stengel/ Chris Cannizzaro story. One of Casey's most famous quotes was the tale line to this beaut involving Cannizzaro, whose name Stengel never quite got right.

"I got this Canzoneri whose supposed to be a defensive catcher, only he can't catch the ball. The pitcher throws. Wild pitch. Pitcher throws again. Passed ball. Throws again. Oops! Ball dropped out of his glove. And all the time I'm getting dizzy watchin' all these runners running around the bases in circles on me. Makes you wonder. Can anybody here play this game?"

Yea, I stuck Stengel in there, more than likely harping on Canzoneri. As Stubby pointed out in comments on an earlier post, Cannizzaro was a pretty damned good defensive catcher throughout his career. So it must have been an especially bad game when that quote about Chris was uttered. I think if I was Cannizzaro I'd have been a bit upset by what Stengel said. It was kinda cruel, although all saw it as comic relief. Fortunately you rarely see the entire quote as everyone latched onto the "Can anybody here play this game?" line and the Canzoneri section became buried in Metropolitan History.

Up next in Metropolitan History:
Roger Craig, Ralph Kiner, Elio Chacon, and Wes Westrum get all Z'd up.

1 comment:

  1. Well, to be fair, Chris did have a problem with passed balls in '62--never said he didn't. His strength was throwing out base runners. But he did get better. In '64, Casey said, "All those teams that liked to run the bases -- the Dodgers, the Giants -- they couldn’t do much with his arm ... there was a time when he wasn’t catching it so good. But he does that real well now, too.”

    Thanks for the shout-out and the awesome "Canzoneri" card. I'm gonna have to print that one up.