Friday, December 24, 2010

Give Me "Money"

There was a little theme to this week's entries. Monday, Dave Cash appeared. On Wednesday, it was Bobby Bonds' turn, today...a little something that won't be turned down at Christmas:

Card #386 -- Don Money, Milwaukee Brewers

Evidently, "Money" doesn't buy a good airbrush artist.

There's no need to wonder why a player from the Milwaukee Brewers would be standing in Veterans' Stadium in Philadelphia when they weren't yet in the National League in 1973. Not when Don Money looks to be wearing a cartoon uniform.

Of course, Money had been with the Phillies through 1972 and was wearing that team's uniform when the picture was taken. When he was traded to Milwaukee in late October, the Topps people commissioned their airbrush artist to go to work. Though he had been with the Phillies since 1968, Money was signed by Pittsburgh but traded across the state in a deal for Hall of Famer Jim Bunning before getting to the parent club. He would go on to play eleven seasons with the Brewers and was named to the All-Star team four times for them.

He retired after the 1983 season and decided to try playing in Japan after seeing video of the Yomiuri Giants and being impressed by their crowds and clean facilities. However, he ended up signing with the Kintetsu Buffaloes, who weren't so beloved. He ripped up his contract after only a month and went home. Money later became a manager in the minor league system. Today, he's the skipper of the Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the Brewers.


  1. After being acquired from the Pirates following the 1967 season, Money was handed the Phillies' shortstop job at the start of 1968 and promptly flopped (along with fellow rookie Larry Hisle). After spending May-Oct in the minors, he came back as the regular shortstop in 1969. (Good thing, because the 3 guys who played shortstop in 1968 (Bobby Wine, Roberto Pena, Gary Sutherland) were all lost in the expansion draft.) Money won the Topps rookie shortstop award in 1969, then was moved to 3B beginning in 1970 to make room for rookie Larry Bowa.

  2. What I really like about Money's cards are the ears. Check him - and some of his well-endowed compatriots - right here: