Wednesday, December 23, 2009

1975 TCMA International League All-Star Baseball #5, Mike Reinbach

This photo shows Mr. Reinbach dressed in "generic baseball uniform," topped with "typical cap," and sporting a "standard 70s mustache." All you need is a Schlitz sign to capture the whole decade.


Mike's actually wearing a 1974 Baltimore Orioles kit with the hat logo airbrushed off. He started that season on their opening day roster, but didn't perform well enough to stick around--.604 OPS in 12 games--and finished up with AAA Rochester.


Prior to the 1970 Miami stint, Reinbach played with the Alaska Goldpanners in 1969 (team photo), a long-lived amateur team that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Alums of this remote franchise include several famous MLBers, including HOFs Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield.

UPDATE: Learned this set's for the Rochester Red Wings (of the International League), so updated the post title.

3 comments:

Mark's Ephemera said...

Was he on a pedestal or stage? The guy in the suit at the 5 o'clock position almost looks like he was photoshopped in.

And is the 'white' stuff in the bottom portion of the photo seats? It almost looked like people were clearing snow off of the field.

Matthew Glidden said...

Hmm, they did take an odd angle on that photo--and I like to think that's Elvis in the background, taking in a little BP before the season starts.

Ryan said...

This is a great looking card.