Sunday, June 17, 2012

Custom Cards: 1963 Bob Sadowski

  Not to be confused with OF/INF Robert Frank Sadowski, who appeared on a 1963 Topps card as a member of the the L.A. Angels, Bob Sadowski the pitcher had no card in the 1963 set. Signed by the Cardinals as an amateur in 1958, Sadowski was traded along with C Gene Oliver for Lew Burdette on June 15, 1963. Prior to the trade, Sadowski had pitched extremely well for the the Cardinals AAA team (the Atlanta Crackers), going 9-2 in 12 starts with a 1.80 ERA.
 
  Four days after being traded to Milwaukee Bob made his Major League Debut, starting against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He took the loss that game, pitching only 4 innings while allowing 3 earned runs. Sadowski would lose his first four starts before picking up his first victory-a 7-2 win against the Dodgers on July 21st.

  I don't know when the photo used in the card above was taken; but I do know that Sadowski pitched in Chicago twice during his rookie season. His first game at the "Friendly Confines" came on July 16th, where the rookie took a 1-0 loss in which he pitched a complete game. His second appearance in Chicago that year came on September 22nd, but wasn't nearly as well pitched: he lasted only one inning, giving up 3 runs on three hits and one walk.

  One other interesting connection between Sadowski and the Cubs: he has the distinction of being the guy who started the Milwaukee Braves final home opener: a 5-1 win against the Cubs on April 15, 1965. That day, Bob pitched a complete game four-hitter and even contributed one hit in three at-bats. The man he was traded for, Burdette, also pitched that day-only as a member of the Cubs. Sweet Lew threw three innings in relief of Cubs starter Larry Jackson.

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