Friday, May 09, 2008

#149 Wayne Schurr

The next card from reader Ed was this creased masterpiece of Cubs rookie righty Wayne Schurr. You may be surprised to learn that this was Wayne's only baseball card; after a decent debut with the North Siders in 1964 (he actually pitched 48 and one-third innings, contrary to the stats on his card back, which makes his ERA 3.72 - the league average was 3.71), he never pitched in the majors again. Even stranger, he started that lone season with the Cubs, and was optioned to Salt Lake City in late July. The last traces of him that I found were a transaction in December 1966, when Chicago sent him to the Angels as part of a four-player deal.

But don't cry for Wayne. An autographed copy of this card can be found on eBay, where bidding has reached $8.16. Not too shabby for a one-year wonder. Or you can get a graded card (9 Mint!) for the Buy It Now price of $65. Since I have nothing else to add, check out the great caricature of Wayne as a cowboy pitcher on the card back below.

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