Friday, May 26, 2023

1981 Topps Sid Monge

The front: This is a more interesting background shot than most of the posed photos. By all accounts it was not unusual to capture Monge smiling.

The back: Monge's actually gave up a double in his no-hitter, but the batter was called out for missing first base.

The player: Sid Monge spent 10 seasons in the major leagues for five different teams. He was known for being able to pitch almost every day and doing whatever was asked of him. His best season was 1979 with Cleveland, when he went 12-10 with 19 saves and a 2.40 ERA, making his only All-Star team. Overall in 435 games he went 49-40 with 56 saves and a 3.53 ERA.

The back: A baseball life, Monge had a long career as a coach in both the US and his native Mexico. He was elected to the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

My collection: I have 20 of his cards, from 1976 to 1985. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Padres Smokey NNO.

1 comment:

  1. Upon first glance I thought he was holding a bat. There's kind of an interesting optical illusion going on there with that railing.