It's Head Accessory Day here at The Great 1965 Topps Project! It's hard to say which is more impressive: Frank Linzy's giant oversized glasses that give him the appearance of someone at least twice his age, or Bob Schroder's ill-fitting batting helmet, which makes him look like a bobblehead doll.
-A sinkerballer out of Oklahoma State University, Frank signed with the Giants in 1960.
-How effective was Linzy when it came to keeping the ball in the park? In 1965, he allowed two home runs. That's one more than he himself hit that year!
-On September 1, 1967, pitched five shutout innings to earn the win in a 21-inning, 1-0 Giants victory over the Reds. He relieved Gaylord Perry, who had blanked Cincinnati for the first 16 frames.
-According to Linzy, the Giants sent him a contract prior to the 1970 season, and he absent-mindedly filed it in a drawer. When three weeks passed without the contract being returned to the Giants, team president Horace Stoneham called the pitcher and offered him another $2,000 to get the deal done, assuming that Frank was playing hardball!
-Also pitched for the Cardinals, Brewers, and Phillies, and retired in 1974 with 111 career saves and a 2.85 ERA.
Fun facts about Bob Schroder:
-Signed with the Giants in 1964 and made the major leagues the very next year at age twenty.
-Got only nine at-bats with San Francisco in 1965, seeing most of his action as a pinch runner.
-His first major-league hit was a pinch single off of Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.
-Pinch-hit for Juan Marichal after the pitcher was ejected for attacking Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat in an infamous incident in 1965. He struck out against L.A. starter Sandy Koufax.
-Had his best season as a pro with AAA Phoenix in 1966, hitting .317 with 31 doubles.
-Played just 138 games in the bigs (1965-1968), all with the Giants. Hit .217 for his career with no home runs and 12 RBI.
-Was 5-for-12 (.417) in his career against Don Drysdale, his highest hit total off of any pitcher.
-Hung around at AAA with the Giants, Cubs, and Brewers through 1971 before heading home for good.