Sunday, June 17, 2012
Custom Cards: 1963 Bob Sadowski
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.