Monday, May 20, 2024

1976 SSPC Bill Plummer


The card, in brief: Bill Plummer has a big wad of tobacco in his cheek as he stands with the flagpole visible in the background. Any ideas for what the flag is below the US flag? I looked for other photos of Shea at the time and didn't see any with two flags on that pole.
Playing career, in brief: Bill Plummer played parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, eight of them with Cincinnati where he was Johnny Bench's backup. Being Bench's backup means Plummer rarely got to play - 324 games over eight seasons, never more than 65 games in a season. Though he was on the postseason roster three times he never got to play in a postseason game. He was known as a good defensive catcher but was a very weak hitter - lifetime .188 with 14 HR and 82 RBI.
Post playing-career, in brief: After his retirement as a player in 1978, Plummer immediately went into coaching. He coached and managed right through the 2023 season in several organizations, managing the Mariners for one season in 1992. He died of a heart attack in March of 2024.

My collection: I have nine of his cards, from 1973 to 1979. I would be interested in trading for 1978 Mr. Chef's San Jose Missions #19.

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