1970 Topps Milt Pappas 576 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Milt Pappas was a pretty good pitcher for a long time and yet, he’s primarily known as being traded from the Orioles to the Reds for Frank Robinson. That was not a good deal for the Reds. Pappas, as good as he was, was simply not a guy that should have been in this deal. (The two players who were included with him in the deal were even less notable. What the bloody hell were the Reds thinking?)

In 1970, after a large number of gopher bites, the Braves washed their hands of Pappas. He was not great in 1969 either, and was thoroughly awful in his three NLCS innings in 1969. His career in Atlanta was pretty undistinguished, and as a player who was primarily known for being disgruntled, I’m sure he was happy to be sold to the Cubs.

1953 Bowman Lou Burdette 51 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I have two thoughts when I look at this baseball card.

1 - Did the original owner of the card hate Burdette or did the pen scribble get on the card some other way? Perhaps someone left the card out and their small child found it and decided to draw on it. Should I replace it? Maybe. Will I? When there’s other baseball cards to spend money on? Of course not.

2 - At some point in time, I must have known that Burdette started his career with the Yankees, but like every bit of knowledge I thought I had accumulated over the years, it left my brain for a warmer climate. I can’t say that I blame it. My brain is a mess and nothing should be subjected to it for any length of time.

1969 Topps Jim Britton 154 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Today, I’m not in a very good mood so it is the perfect day to feature this specific baseball card. Why? Well, it’s boring and I have nothing to say about it all.

I hope you enjoyed this insight and the scans of this card.

I bought this from my father in law some time ago. Cool, right?

1960 Topps Wes Covington 158 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

For most baseball players of time gone by, what I first knew of them is what can be found on their baseball cards. I’ve written at length about Covington before, but I believe this is my favorite Covington baseball card. This is the definition of a cocky smile. Why shouldn’t he be cocky? He was an integral member of the world championship Braves of 1957 and the pennant winning team of 1958.

He’s another guy who absolutely belongs in the team Hall of Fame.

1974 Topps Eddie Mathews and Coaches 634 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

After reading Jim Bouton’s Ball Four, I became aware that the idea of coaches actually coaching is a rather new one in baseball. In the old days, the coaches were usually just the manager’s drinking buddies. So, whenever I see a card from the ’74 set I wonder, were these real coaches or were they just the manager’s drinking buddies?

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Today’s spoils from my latest break with @CrackinWax! I did pretty dang well I have to say.

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1972 Topps Paul Casanova 591 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I ain’t much on Casanova

Me and Romeo ain’t never been friends

Can’t you see how much I really love ya

Gonna sing it to ya time and time again…

Ohh Casanova

Casanova

Ohh Casanova

Casanova

The fact that Levert sang a song about Paul Casanova does my heart good.

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1963 Cecil Butler 201 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Cecil Butler serves as a reminder that the Braves didn’t just start destroying elbows in the last few decades. Butler looked terrific is his first few appearances in the big leagues for Milwaukee, but he blew out his elbow. He tried to come back later in the season and then again in 1964 and 1965, but it didn’t work out for him.

He did get a Topps baseball card in both the 1962 and 1963 set. I hope he took pride is showing them off. Every career shortened by injury is to be lamented.

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1967 Topps Woody Woodward - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Topps sets from the 1960s are littered with guys like Woodward. Put simply, he wasn’t very good and if teams had modern analytics available to them, we would have never heard of him. I wonder if his career would have had its second act?

That second act is how I suppose most baseball fans remember him. He had short stints as GM for the Yankees and the Phillies. He would later spend a number of years as the GM for the Mariners where he drafted Alex Rodriguez and traded for Randy Johnson.

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