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Mets baseball card of the moment: 1963 Topps Marv Throneberry

Marv Throneberry's 1963 Topps baseball card

What happens in Atlanta, stays in Atlanta. (Especially if it’s as ugly as Wednesday afternoon’s 14-6 Mets loss to the Braves.)

Today’s Mets card of the moment is from the 1963 Topps set (the inspiration for this year’s Topps Heritage design) and features legendary Mets first baseman Marv Throneberry.

While most baseball legends earn their reputation with skill, Throneberry’s legend seems to be based on a distinct lack of it.

The most famous “Marvelous Marv” story has him hitting a would-be triple, only to be called out for failing to touch second base. When Casey Stengel went out to argue, his first base coach told him not to bother because Throneberry had missed first base, too.

Does anybody have any other stories to share?

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One thought on “Mets baseball card of the moment: 1963 Topps Marv Throneberry

  1. There was a game against the Cardinals. The Cards had runners on first and third. The runner on first, Ken Boyer, broke for second. The catcher threw a strike to second. Boyer was halfway and broke back towards first. Kanehl tossed the ball to Marv. Now Boyer turns and starts running back to second. Marv seemed furious that Boyer would run away from him and he starts running after Boyer with determination…….totally oblivious to the fact that the runner on third, Stan the Man, has now broken for home. Eventually, Marv flipped the ball to Charlie Neal for the put out, but not before Musial had crossed the plate–uncontested–with the game winning run.

    One of the Mets advertisers had a promotion. They had signs in left and right field and whomever got the most points for hitting the sign (certain spots on the sign yielded more points) would win a boat. Marv won the boat. Another boat was given the player voted Most Valuable Met–Richie Ashburn. The day after the boats were awarded, the legal guy for the MLB Players Association tells Marv, “Just don’t forget to declare the full value.” Confused, Marv says “Declare it? To who, the Coast Guard?” The legal guy says, “Taxes. Ashburn’s boat was a gift. He was voted it. Yours came the hard way. You hit the sign. You earned it. The boat is earnings. You pay income tax on it.” Of course, Marv didn’t live anywhere near water to begin with. Later that tax year, Marv explained, “I got a boat in a warehouse someplace and the man tells me I got to pay taxes on it and all we got around here is, like I say, filled-up bathtubs and maybe a crick or two.” (Credit for the above two tales to Jimmy Breslin’s “Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”)

    Marv was also voted “the Good Guy” by the sportswriters, which honor was accompanied by a large silver tray. Casey said they’d better mail the tray to him. “If you hand it to him, he’s liable to drop it.”

    And don’t forget the beer commercials.


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