Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1969 Topps, Dave Wickersham

#647 Dave Wickersham

Here is the final '69 Topps card that I got signed through the mail this past offseason. Dave was part of my "KC A's reunion TTM project" and I sent this card to him on January 13 and got it back on the 20th. I think that this was my first TTM that I have ever sent out to someone that lives in Kansas and I was hoping to have this one back super-quick. The seven day response was really good, but it wasn't the the super-quickness that I was hoping for.

Dave played in the Majors for parts of ten seasons and he spent time with the A's, Tigers, Pirates, and Royals. He split time as a starter and reliever and his best season came as a starter with Detroit. In 1964, Dave finished the season 19-12 with a 3.44 ERA. According to Wikipedia, Dave was ejected from his final start of the season in the seventh inning of a tied game. He apparently called time out three times in a row to prevent a base runner from advancing as Norm Cash was arguing with an umpire. A reliever came in and got the win as the Tigers scored three in the ninth. Dave had eleven complete games that season and a twelfth might have got him that elusive twentieth win.

Dave finished his career 68-57 with 18 saves and a 3.66 ERA. He is one of just four players that played for the Kansas City A's and the Kansas City Royals.

Prior to getting this card signed, a '71 Topps card was the oldest Royal card that I have signed. It is nice to have one signed from one of the original Royals. It's even better to have a higher number card that shows the player in an actual Royals uniform.


Paul said...

What's the Bible verse reference? I can't quite make it out.

zman40 said...

I believe that it is Colossians 3:17: "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Hat tip to Wikipedia on that one.