Friday, July 6, 2012

#477 Barry Latman

Vacation posting: Barry Latman

In a nutshell... California kid, attended USC.....White Sox signee in 1955... pitched parts of three seasons on the South Side of Chicago... started 21 games in 1959 but didn't get into the World Series....his high school teammate, Larry Sherry did get into the Series and was a star reliever for the Dodgers in it..... traded to Indians for 1960.. best season was 1961, he went 13-5 and made his only All Star squad.... finished his career with Angels and Astros, retiring in 1967...... over the years he spent about half his time starting and half relieving...he's 78 and lives in Mexico now... he never freakin' smiled for a card shoot... according to legend, when the Indians traded Latman to the Angels in 1963 for Leon Wagner Latman's father-in-law heard about the trade and said, “It’s impossible; is that all they got for Wagner?” mark of 59-68, 10 shutouts, 16 saves, 3.91 ERA 

Latman Links:

Latman on Wikipedia
Latman on SABR

Topps did one of their 'paint-over-pic' jobs on this card. Pretty crappy job, too. That hat is the wrong color blue. But the 'flying sock' saves most White Sox cards so I'll give it a pass.

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