Friday, June 25, 2010

#294 Tim McCarver

#294 Tim McCarver
If Tim McCarver were asked for his opinion about this card, he might say, "You know, the thing about this Tim McCarver baseball card is that it's a baseball card featuring Tim McCarver. Now a baseball card is actually a card that has a baseball player on it. A baseball player is generally on a baseball card, and not the other way around. Bob Gibson used to be on baseball cards, and I am a good friend and former teammate of Bob Gibson."

Fun facts about Tim McCarver:

-Born in Memphis, TN, Tim signed with the Cardinals fresh out of high school in 1959.

-After hitting .359 between class D and AAA in his first pro season, Tim got a late-season look from St. Louis at the tender age of 17.

-Had a few more cups of coffee before returning to the big leagues to stay in 1963. Batted .289 with 51 RBI in that first season as the starting catcher.

-Posted a .288 average for the World Champion Cards in his sophomore season, punctuating a banner year with an 11-for-23 (.478) effort in the World Series that included three extra-base hits, five RBI, and a game-winning three-run homer in the tenth inning of Game Five.

-Led the National League with 13 triples in 1966, his first of two straight All-Star seasons.

-In a career year, he hit .295 with 26 doubles, 14 home runs, and 69 RBI in 1967. Finished a distant second to teammate Orlando Cepeda in MVP voting.

-After 11 years in the St. Louis organization, Tim was traded to the Phillies for the 1970 season. He would spend parts of another nine seasons in Philly (1970-1972, 1975-1980), batting .272 and serving as Steve Carlton's personal catcher for much of that time.

-Caught two no-hitters in his career: Rick Wise in 1971 and Bill Stoneman in 1972.

-Also had stints in Montreal and Boston. Was resigned by the Phils late in 1980 so that he could play major league ball in four different decades; saw action in six games and retired for good with a .271 average, 97 home runs, and 645 RBI in a 21-season career.

-Has been a TV broadcaster for three decades since retiring. He is much-loved and much-loathed, depending on who you ask. Columnist Norman Chad famously said that if you asked McCarver the time, he would tell you how a wristwatch works. As you may have surmised from the intro to this blog post, I am not a fan of Tim's.
#294 Tim McCarver (back)


  1. using tim's logic, this card is a good as a bob gibson. think about it...

  2. I'm not exactly a big fan of Norman Chad, either, but that's a damn funny line...

  3. I became a big McCarver fan after the Deon Sanders incident...

  4. The thing is, McCarver has good stories to tell and he is very entertaining as an interviewee. It's just terrible listening to him bloviate as a broadcaster. He obviously never heard the expression that less is more.

  5. Max - Still, it's no "Brandon Arroyo".

    Brox - Didn't Deion dump ice water on his head? I think he got the last laugh.

    Marc - There's no question that he has a lifetime of great experiences in the game, but you hit the nail on the head. Bloviate is a great and apt word.

  6. We have two minds about McCarver here in Philly (dare I speak for all). When he was Carlton's personal catcher, he was able to handle all his pitches rather well, not to mention his batting stats which were more than adequate. The other mind is Tim as an announcer. He always appears to dump on the Phillies at any opportunity. He may of had a problem with management, but it comes off as if he hates the team as a whole.

  7. Kevin, you are right. Has McCarver ever uttered 2 sentences without Bob Gibson's name coming up?