Tuesday, March 26, 2013
763rd Place - Gene Mauch
These team colors look almost regal for ol' Gene Mauch and the California Angels. The clear blue sky in the background is accented nicely by the light blue interior border of the card.
Mauch is remembered not for his 26 years of big league managing experience so much as his record of coaching the most seasons without ever winning a pennant. The New York Times featured a nice summary of his career when he passed in 2005.
This is another example of Topps being a day late and a dollar short, though. Mauch didn't coach the Angels in 1988, Cookie Rojas did. This is a smart looking card to bookend Mauch's career, but as a collector, there's not much excitement to it.