Never played for...

by vrooomed - 40 cards (Last updated on Dec. 22, 2017)

1. 1952 Topps #44b Con Dempsey

Con was drafted by the Phillies from the Pirates, with whom he saw 3 games in MLB. He didn't play in 1952 and in 1953, he was off to Oakland to play in the PCL.

2. 1954 Topps #104 Mike Sandlock

December 19, 1953: Purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This was late in his career, and he saw 1 AAA game for the Phillies in Syracuse in 1954 and that was it. He played for San Diego of the PCL that same year, but that was the end of his playing career.

3. 1955 Topps #114 Lou Ortiz

Never saw action above AAA, and never even saw minor league action with the Phillies.

4. 1955 Topps #167 Tom Casagrande

Three stints in the minors with the Phillies, and a stint each with the Senators and Red Sox, but never saw action higher than AAA.

5. 1959 Topps #431 Whammy Douglas

January 30, 1959: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Jim Pendleton, John Powers and Frank Thomas to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Smoky Burgess, Harvey Haddix and Don Hoak.
He only played in the majors in 1957 with Pittsburgh. He played 2 seasons in the Reds minors and then went back to the Pirates organization.
Cool name.

6. 1960 Topps #228 Ernie Johnson

Before 1960 Season: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.
April 12, 1960: Released by the Cleveland Indians. Never played in pro ball after being released.

7. 1962 Topps #308 Neil Chrisley

October 16, 1961: Purchased with Bob Botz by the New York Mets from the Milwaukee Braves.
April 2, 1962: Returned to the Milwaukee Braves by the New York Mets following previous purchase.
Also, Topps couldn't even use a photo from 1961 for this guy?

8. 1963 Topps #334 Wynn Hawkins

November 27, 1962: Purchased by the New York Mets from the Cleveland Indians.
He never played for the Mets or even in their organization. Somehow, he went back to the Indians and played 1963 and 1964 on their AAA team.

9. 1966 Topps #302 Ernie Bowman

September 25, 1965: the Milwaukee Braves sent Ernie Bowman and Lou Klimchock to the New York Mets to complete an earlier deal made on August 5, 1965. August 5, 1965: The Milwaukee Braves sent players to be named later to the New York Mets for Billy Cowan. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
October 12, 1966: Traded by the New York Mets with Lou Klimchock to the Cleveland Indians for Floyd Weaver.
He did manage to play for the Mets AAA team in 1966, but he never saw the majors after playing for the Giants in 1961, 1962, and 1963.

10. 1969 Topps #62 Chico Salmon

October 15, 1968: Drafted by the Seattle Pilots from the Cleveland Indians as the 11th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.
March 31, 1969: Traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Baltimore Orioles for Gene Brabender and Gordy Lund.



Mar. 12, 2017 - 8:32AM

Bob Aspromonte, invited to Cincinnati Reds camp in 1972, never made/joined team.

Whammy Douglas, 9 year career in minors except for 11 games in 1957 with Pittsburgh Pirates, part of trade with Cincinnati in January 1959 but never called up from minors.

Neil Chrisley, 16 Oct 61 purchased by Mets from Milwaukee Braves; 2 Apr 62 Mets returned him to the Braves.

Mar. 12, 2017 - 10:12AM

Thanks, C2C, for those additions!

Mar. 12, 2017 - 2:48PM

A fun fact about Whammy Douglas is that he is one of the few players to ever play in the MLB that was blind in one eye.

Mar. 12, 2017 - 3:15PM

Jose Canseco with the Expos. I believe he retired before he played with them.

Mar. 12, 2017 - 3:50PM

Canseco was released by the Expos in Spring Training 2002. 

Mar. 12, 2017 - 4:26PM

Ernie Johnson was signed by the Indians in the off-season, but he was released a week before the season opener.


Mar. 12, 2017 - 4:32PM

I'd also forgotten about this modern airbrush marvel--Ensberg signed as a free agent after his release by the Yankees, but he spent the entire time at AAA Buffalo.

Mar. 12, 2017 - 4:46PM

Wynn Hawkins, 27 Nov 62 purchased by Mets from Indians

Ernie Bowman, 25 Sep 65 traded to Mets; spent 1966 season in AAA; 12 Oct 66 traded to Indians

Mar. 12, 2017 - 7:51PM

Not sure if you want to include any of the Michael Jordan, Chicago White Sox cards. Or the Eric Lindros, Toronto Blue Jays gimmick card.

Mar. 12, 2017 - 8:08PM

Thanks again for the suggestions/additions. Please, keep them coming!

Mar. 12, 2017 - 8:36PM

I'll leave the gimmick cards out for now, although the Jordan could work since he did actually play for the White Sox org. Lindros, as much as I am a fan, he never was Blue Jays "property". At least all these other one were supposed to be with the team they are pictured with. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Mar. 13, 2017 - 10:12PM

Chico Salmon, drafted by Seattle in the 1968 Expansion Draft; 31 Mar 69 traded to Baltimore

Rollie Sheldon, cannot find any record; drafts, transactions, rosters, etc; that he was ever a Pilot. Possibly one of those Spring training walk-on/invitees.

Donn Clendenon, Traded by Montreal to Houston, he refused to report to Houston; Montreal sent Jack Billingham, Skip Guinn and $100,000 to Houston to complete the trade.

Mar. 14, 2017 - 9:51PM

Thanks C2C for the additions. I remembered one as I was adding those - the 1979 Bump Wills Blue Jays card.

Mar. 15, 2017 - 7:03AM

I love the story behind Bump's nickname. He was called Little Bumpy because of his "gymnastics in the womb".

Mar. 15, 2017 - 7:31AM

Updated on Rollie Sheldon. I found a website dedicated to the Pilots history; The Sorianos (future Pilots owners) bought the Seattle Angels in 1967 from the California Angels. Sheldon was purchased conditionally from Indianapolis, July 24, 1968, and became a Seattle Angel. Sheldon was at the Pilots Spring trainging in 1969.

Apr. 4, 2017 - 5:46PM

1971 Topps Bob Garibaldi.  Pictured with Royals, never played for Royals

1973 Topps Jose Arcia.  Shown with Royals, never played for them.

Apr. 4, 2017 - 5:50PM

1969 Topps #394 Pilots Rookies (Lou Piniella/Marv Staehle) - neither played in a regular season game or the Pilots

1969 Topps #71 Steve Whitaker - never played for the Royals

Apr. 4, 2017 - 9:42PM

trauty - Thanks for the tips. I'll go investigate and put them on here ASAP.

Apr. 17, 2017 - 12:05PM

1992 Bowman #11 Trevor Hoffman with the Cincinnati Reds

(I don't know if you allow Bowman on the list)

Apr. 18, 2017 - 9:35AM

I especially like the players in the actual uniforms.  Another one is 1977 O-Pee-Chee John Lowenstein with the Blue Jays.

Apr. 20, 2017 - 7:14PM

I'll take any brand. Thanks again for the suggestions. I learned something additional during the research on this - I never realized that Trevor and Glenn Hoffman are brothers. I guess because of the great difference in age.

Apr. 20, 2017 - 10:56PM

Here's some Phillies I know of:

1952 Topps Con Dempsey

1954 Topps Mike Sandlock

1955 Topps Lou Ortiz 

1955 Topps Tom Casagrande

1971 Topps Wayne Redmond

1973 Topps Tom Haller

1974 Topps Traded Aurelio Monteagudo

1979 & 1981 Topps Jim Wright

2003 Topps Traded Aaron Myette

2008 Topps Tim Lahey

May. 16, 2017 - 10:39PM

Thanks to tcc25 for the 10 players (11 cards!). I learned a lot from researching those.

May. 19, 2017 - 6:11AM

A couple Detroit Tigers cards...

1978 Topps #536 Roric Harrison - Played at AAA for the Tigers in 1977, released in spring training of 1978.  

1990 Score #626 Pat Austin - Spent four seasons in the Tigers minor league system, never made the big club.

1996 Upper Deck #333 Phil Plantier - Signed as free agent in December 1995, traded in spring training 1996.

LOTS of early-mid 90s Bowman cards and several 2002 Topps Traded & Rookie cards, the year they loaded the set with hundreds of "prospects".

Dec. 21, 2017 - 6:47PM

I'll get you some Cardinals names when I get my stuff back together.  Several of them in the 70s. I actually sort out my Cardinals Uniform/never played there  cards away from my legit Cardinals collection.

Dec. 21, 2017 - 6:58PM

From 1972 Topps, 353 Art Shamsky and 645 Jim Maloney didn't play for STL.

Dec. 21, 2017 - 10:05PM

From 1969 Topps, 341 Dave Adlesh.  I like the fact that he only played for the Astros, but got traded four times after his major league career was over.

Dec. 22, 2017 - 1:54PM

1970 Topps Ted Kubiak, #688, Seattle Pilots.  Photo taken spring training 1970 but then moved and played as the Milwaukee Brewers during the regular season.

Dec. 22, 2017 - 5:56PM

Kubiak did play for the franchise, as they moved just barely before the 1970 season started. They played their Spring Training games, and the equipment trucks sat awaiting word whether to go to Seattle or to Milwaukee to start the season! So, I'm going to say he did play for who the Pilots became. Anyone who was traded to the "Pilots" after the 1969 season, before the 1970 season started, and played for Milwaukee would have played for the team they were traded to. But thanks, I learned a little more about the move because of your comment, so thank you!

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