Thursday, August 27, 2015

Player Profile: Pete Broberg

I have two cards of Pete Broberg. This one is from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: Pete Broberg was the number one overall pick in the 1971 draft by the Washington Senators, who immediately put him in the major league rotation. That year he went 5-9 but with a respectable 3.47 ERA. He never had as good a season again – some said it was because he needed minor league seasoning; others said the problem was in his attitude, not his arm. Nevertheless over eight seasons with four teams he went 41-71 with a 4.56 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at Cardboard Gods and the 1972Topps Blog.

Where he is now: After his career he attended law school, then after passing the bar joined his father’s law firm, now known as Coe &Broberg, where he still practices, and is considered one of the leading real estate and zoning attorneys in Palm Beach. Among his former clients is possible future President Donald Trump, whom Broberg represented in a dispute over some property owned by Trump in 1991.

My memories: Before my time. Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Pete Brob, ahead of Peter Broberg MD, an eye doctor in Texas. Another prominent Pete Broberg is a musician in Ohio.

Coming up next: The next profile is Doug Brocail.

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