- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players? My most popular card is the 1971 "Howdy Doody" impersonation. One blog called it the second ugliest baseball card ever. Here's how it happened. In 1971 I was in spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. I had pitched well for them in '70, so I wasn't expecting any abrupt changes in my career. One day I had finished running my laps and was headed for the showers when a photographer suddenly appeared out of nowhere and said, "Could you take off your cap, please?" I was tired, sweat was dripping off every part of me, and I was thinking hard about an long overdue lunch. I took off my cap, tried to comply with his "smile" command, heard a click, and then continued on to the locker room. I had no idea the photo was for a Topps card. If I had known, it would have occurred to me that I was about to be traded or sold to another team -- players are asked to remove their caps so that the cap of the new team could be added easily. A couple of days later I was told that I had been bought by the Hawaii team of the Pacific Coast League. My major league career was at an end, essentially.
- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player? My favorite card is that of Don Mossi, the relief pitcher for the
Indians and A's in the 1950s and '60s. My card was only the
second ugliest because Mossi's was definitely the gliest. Absolutely.
- Do you collect baseball cards? Only those of Don Mossi.