Wednesday, June 16, 2021

#156 Bob Sadowski - Milwaukee Braves

Robert Sadowski
Milwaukee Braves

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  195
Born:  February 19, 1938, Pittsburgh, PA
Signed:  Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent before 1958 season
Major League Teams:  Milwaukee Braves 1963-1965; Boston Red Sox 1966
Died:  August 5, 2018, Newnan, GA (age 80)

Right-handed pitcher Bob Sadowski is the brother of catcher Ed Sadowski and pitcher Ted Sadowski, and the uncle of pitcher Jim Sadowski, but he's unrelated to the third baseman of the same name - Robert Frank Sadowski - who played for four seasons with the Cardinals, Phillies, White Sox and Angels.  This Sadowski found some success as a reliever and occasional starter for the Braves in the mid-1960s.  His best season came in 1964 when he set career highs for appearances (51), wins (9), ERA (4.10), saves (4) and strikeouts (96).  In 1965, Sadowski was the starting pitcher in the final home opener for the Milwaukee Braves, as the team moved to Atlanta following the season.  For his career, Sadowski appeared in 115 games and was 20-27 with a 3.87 ERA over 439 2/3 innings pitched.

Building the Set
May 13, 2021 from Marco Island, FL - Card #262
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this Sadowski card coming from Super Bowl Auctions located in Marco Island, Florida for $4.  As of this writing, and after adding a few star cards late in May, I'm one elusive card away from having a complete second series.

The Card / Braves Team Set
Sadowski and his third baseman namesake never crossed paths in any Topps sets.  The third baseman Sadowski appeared in the 1962 and 1963 sets with the pitcher Sadowski appearing in the 1964, 1965 and 1966 sets.  For a non-savvy baseball fan, it must have been confusing to think that Sadowski not only changed positions between 1963 and 1964, but he looked a lot different too.  Sadowski is shown here posing at what's most likely a spring training facility given the tin-looking roof overhang behind him.

The back of the card mentions his two brothers, Ed and Ted.  Catcher Ed appeared in Topps sets between 1959 and 1964 with pitcher Ted only getting one card in the 1961 Topps set.

1965 Season
A knee injury and tonsillitis limited Sadowski to 34 appearances in 1965, with 13 of those appearances coming as a starting pitcher.  He went 5-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves.  On July 17th, he was five outs away from a no-hitter against the Pirates when pinch-hitter Ozzie Virgil (#571) singled to center, ending his no-hit bid.  That December, Sadowski was dealt with Dan Osinski (#223) to the Red Sox for Arnold Early, Lee Thomas (#111) and a player to be named later (Jay Ritchie - #494).

1964 Topps #271
1966 Topps #523

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1964 Topps #271
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  1964-1966
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs #ROA-BS

12 - Sadowski non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 5/22/21.

Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Trading Card Database

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