Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#563 - Dick Ruthven

What a card: Dick Ruthven was entering the final full season of his major league career when this card was issued. He was already on his way down , managing just six wins and a 5.04 ERA in 1984.

My observation on the front: Not much to this photo. It's hardly a 1975 Ruthven.

More opinion from me: Ruthven was probably my favorite pitcher on the Phillies in the late 1970s, when they served as my "Plan B" second-favorite team.

Something you might know: Ruthven won 17 games for the Phillies in 1980. He pitched in the postseason for the Phillies in 1978, 1980 and 1981.

Something you might not know: Ruthven's son, Tyler, has been a professional soccer player in the U.S. since 2010.

 My observation on the front: The story goes that Braves owner Ted Turner made a pass at Dick's wife Susan during spring training the first year that Ruthven was with the Braves. The situation was so uncomfortable that Ruthven demanded to be traded, but didn't get his wish until a couple of years later.

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