Friday, September 9, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #497T

I'm not dead! Neither is Smed's Baseball Card Blog, if you're interested. I have been enjoying MusicfestNW this week and when you throw in a heaping helping of crazy other things, I have barely had time to breathe. The usual Ducks thing will head this way tomorrow and then regular posting (and mailing of past due packages) should resume next week. In the meantime, today's card was chosen for a reason. It sounds like Bud Selig is trying to pressure the Houston Astros to move to the American League, which just has travesty screaming all over it if you ask me. Selig likes to pick on the weakest, poorest teams in the league and push them around. Remember when he wanted to contract the Twins and the Expos? Hey, Bud, why don't you move your stupid Brewers back to the AL, instead? That's where they belong.

Joe McIntosh was, briefly, a right handed pitcher in the major leagues. He pitched for the Padres. And then a lot of mysterious stuff happened. That stuff, perhaps, was lost to the sands of time.

Why did Topps airbrush this photo? As mentioned above, McIntosh was traded along with Larry Hardy to Houston for Doug Rader after the end of the 1975 season. And that's where it gets weird...

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? He never suited up with Houston. At least, there's no evidence of it. BR's Minors page for McIntosh shows that he resurfaced in the Astros organization in 1979 at rookie ball level for all of 4 games and 9 total innings. And that was it. Does anyone know what happened to this guy?

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.

3 comments:

Reivax said...

As a kid, when I got this guy's card, I didn't know how to pronounce that last name, and I'd say it like mah-KIN-tosh. Sure, everyone knows how to say "Macintosh" today, but I didn't know then.

Eric C. Loy said...

From the Spokane newspaper, June 21, 1977. "McIntosh was inactive all last season and has yet to pitch this year while attempting to come back form a major shoulder operation that threatens his career."

Bo said...

He's a lawyer now:
http://baseball1976.blogspot.com/2010/07/1976-topps-497-joe-mcintosh.html