Sunday, January 31, 2010

#263 Marty Keough

#263 Marty Keough
Wow, check out Marty's bulging right eye in this photo. This may be the first instance of the Evil Eye in the 1965 Topps set. Maybe he spotted Pete Rose makin' moves on his old lady. Check yourself, Pete...Marty don't play that.

Fun facts about Marty Keough:

-A native of Oakland, CA, Marty signed with the Red Sox in 1952 when he was only 17.

-His younger brother Joe Keough was an outfielder for the Athletics, Royals, and White Sox from 1968-1973. His son Matt Keough pitched for several teams (primarily the Athletics) from 1977-1986.

-Had only one hit in his first twenty big league at-bats: a single off of three-time All-Star Bob Turley.

-Spent parts of five seasons as a reserve outfielder in Boston, backing up stars like Jimmy Piersall, Jackie Jensen, and Ted Williams.

-Was drafted by the Senators in 1961 and played a career-high 135 games, hitting 18 doubles, nine triples (second-best in the A.L.), and nine home runs while batting .249.

-Following a trade to Cincinnati, Marty hit a career-high .278 in 1962 with seven homers in only 230 at-bats.

-In just eight career at-bats against pitcher Turk Farrell, he hit three home runs and walked four times for a 1.625 OPS. He also hit seven of his 43 career longballs against future Hall of Famers.

-Finished his big league career in 1966 with the Braves and Cubs. In parts of 11 seasons, he hit .242 with 43 home runs and 176 RBI.

-Played in Japan with the Nankai Hawks in 1968. His son Matt would also play in Japan, making them a rare American father-son duo in the Land of the Rising Sun.

-Managed the short-season Class A Tri-City Padres in 1970. Has also scouted for the Padres, Dodgers, and Cardinals.
#263 Marty Keough (back)


  1. the "evil eye"... LOL you crack me up! I love it.

    As soon as I saw "Marty Keough", I wondered if he was related to Matt.

  2. Thanks Devon! Yeah, I really should be keeping track of the family ties in this set. I've already covered Sandy Alomar, Sr., Doug Camilli, Julian Javier, Dich Schofield, Cam Carreon...

  3. 2-1 odds pete would have struck out anyway...

  4. Max - Judging from his flattop haircut at the time? You're probably right.