Never played for...

by vrooomed - 21 cards (Last updated on Apr. 20, 2017)

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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?

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 1969 Topps #71 Steve Whitaker

October 15, 1968: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals from the New York Yankees as the 23rd pick in the 1968 expansion draft.
April 1, 1969: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with John Gelnar to the Seattle Pilots for Lou Piniella.
Gone just before opening day.

8. 1969 Topps #208a Donn Clendenon

January 22, 1969: Traded by the Montreal Expos with Jesus Alou to the Houston Astros for Rusty Staub. Donn Clendenon refused to report to his new team on April 8, 1969. The Montreal Expos sent Jack Billingham, Skip Guinn, and $100,000 (April 8, 1969) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
The Expos traded him to the Mets later in the 1969 season.

9. 1969 Topps #394 Pilots Rookies - Lou Piniella / Marv Staehle

Piniella: October 15, 1968: Drafted by the Seattle Pilots from the Cleveland Indians as the 28th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.
April 1, 1969: Traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Kansas City Royals for John Gelnar and Steve Whitaker.

Staehle: April 1, 1968: Purchased by the Seattle Pilots from the Cleveland Indians.
September 13, 1969: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Seattle Pilots to the Montreal Expos. The Montreal Expos sent a player to be named later to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Montreal Expos sent Floyd Wicker (October 7, 1969) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.
Spent all his time in the Pilots organization in the minors. Did play a couple games in 1969 with Montreal after the trade.

10. 1969 Topps #413 Roland Sheldon

If you look at the back of his card here, you can see his entire MLB stats (mingling with minor league stats). He didn't play in the majors after 1966. He played AAA ball from 1967-1970, including the Vancouver Mounties in 1969 (with Jim Bouton, of Ball Four fame, who chronicled his time with the Pilots in 1969 in that book).



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

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