Sunday, November 2, 2014

# 34 Pete Cimino from the Twins to the Angels.

A 9 year old looking at old baseball cards can be forgiven for glossing over some cards at the time. Pete Cimino's card is one of those cards. I couldn't have cared less about the Angels. They were like the Athletics in my mind back in the late 80's except they weren't good. I started following the game the year after their near historic first pennant but ultimately ill fated trip to the 1986 ALCS.

Topps didn't make it any easier by picking a parched dying lawn green for the team name on the front. The color is still better than the Reds

This is Cimino's second of three cards. His rookie is an expensive high number in the '66 set. He is half of the Twins rookie star card, sharing it with Cesar Tovar.

This, to me is the least of Cimino's cards. The Twins jersey is clearly being worn by the player. His other cards feature him in the uniform that's stated on the card.

The signature looks good and of course, the no hat photo (I keep wondering what was going on through there minds when Topps asked for a shot without a hat.) Did they think it was bad luck when they heard something like "In case you're traded"??

Cimino's career in professional baseball was brief. His ERA was pretty good. 3.07 is respectable for a career spanning 89 games. He had only 13 decisions in his career but he also only had one start. Win/ loss totals aren't easy to come by when you're a bullpen pitcher often either closing games or doing mop up duty after a starter's bad outing. He saved 5 games in his career.

He was traded as part of a deal that sent Dean Chance to the Twins.

He went on to spend part of the '68 season with the Angels and the rest in their minor league system. He pitched in only 9 games in the minors that season. This leads me to believe injuries caught up to him.

While his card doesn't mention it, Pete Cimino famously scored 114 points in a single game for his Bristol High School basketball team.

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