Thursday, May 25, 2017

#174 Clarence "Cuddles" Marshall

#174 Clarence Marshall
Progress: 1st of this card
243 of 407  59.7% complete
How acquired: $5.00 on eBay
Condition: Very Good
"Cuddles" hadn't pitched in the majors since the 1950 season when this card was issued, and that wouldn't change after this card was issued.  1950 would be his last big league action.  Despite a limited career that saw Marshall go 7-7 over parts of four seasons, he'll forever be in the record books as the pitcher that started the first night game ever played in Yankee Stadium.  Marshall was saddled with a loss in that game after giving up 2 runs over seven innings.  The Washington Senators won 2-1.

I'm not wild about these lighter stock cards that show up in this series.  The "white" backs completely change the nature of the card.  The front of the card is fine.  Marshall looks like he's wearing a glove from a previous decade (or more).  I'm guessing the early 50's were a bit of a transitional period for gloves.  There are a good number of cards from this set that show players wearing gloves that look a little antiquated.  It's not something I notice on cards later in the decade.

Stats: 4 seasons, 15 GS, 5.98 ERA, 185 IP, 69 SO

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A


  1. Looks like they took Cuddles out to Forest Park for this shot.

    1. @Commishbob You don't see too many cards set amongst trees these days.

    2. Nope, trees behind spring training fences were common but this one could be a Sunday softball game! But that's one of the charms of this set. I really envy the progress you've made.