Harry Spilman – 1988 Topps

February 26, 2011

He’s Always Ready With The Eye Black

The top photo is rare because Spilman played first base in just nine games and only three starts in 1987. Only two of those appearances were at home – so I think it was May 25th against the Mets, where he played first for a third of an inning then moved to third base when Mike Aldrete came into the game.

The thing is that I think it’s Candlestick but I can’t tell for sure.

The bottom game is from one of his rare starts, at Wrigley Field.

But notice the eye black. It’s quite consistent. So he was always ready to go either as a starter or a bench player. That’s a true professional.

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