Bobby Pfeil‘s Major League career was brief: 62 games for the Mets and 44 games for the Phillies. But because he was part of the 1969 Miracle Mets team, Pfeil will always be a part of Mets’ lore.
Pfeil filled in capably for Buddy Harrelson when the Mets’ regular shortstop was fullfilling his National Guard obligations, but was left off the playoff roster.
On July 20, 1969 — the day that Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon — Pfeil helped the Mets salvage a split of a doubleheader with the expansion Montreal Expos. His 10th inning pinch-hit bunt single put the Mets ahead 4-3.
The Mets went into the All-Star Break with a 53-39 record, trailing the Cubs by just 5 games… not bad for a team that had never finished higher than 9th place. (Those 53 wins were more than the Mets had managed over the course of the whole season in 1962, 1963 and 1965.)
This card is from the 1991 30th anniversary stadium giveaway set sponsored by The Wiz that featured every player who appeared in a game for the Mets from 1962-1990. I got it signed through the mail earlier this year.
Pfeil appeared on two regular issue Topps cards: in 1970 as a member of the Mets, and in 1972 as a Boston Red Sox player. He also has cards in a few 1969 Mets tribute sets.
2 thoughts on “Autograph of the Day: 1991 Wiz Mets Bobby Pfeil”
Paul, you have some of the neatest oddball cards I’ve ever seen. This card is definitely up there among my favorites.. It almost looks like a playing card. I love the rich, high contrast mug shot. The player, Bobby Pfeil, is even kind of handsome and almost looks like he could have been David Wright’s father.
Very, very cool, and nice signature too. I may have to Goose Joak one of these!
The neat thing about those old Wiz cards is seeing all the obscure players that only played a few dozen games for the Mets.
Most people don’t like them very much because they are not standard size. They’re closer to business card than baseball card size.
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