Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Cards That Never Were: Phil Roof Topps 1962, '65 and '78

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets. It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many  to list, but I appreciate all of them.
After playing in the minors for the Milwaukee Braves since 1959, catcher Phil Roof made his Major League debut in 1961 with one game. He reappeared in the majors with another game in 1964, before sticking for good in 1965 after being traded to the Los Angeles Angels. Midway through the '65 season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians and traded again after the season to the Kansas City A's. After the 1969 season he was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers and then to the Minnesota Twins midway through the 1971 season. The Chicago White Sox claimed Roof of waivers late in the 1976 season and he appeared in four games for the Sox. After the season, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. After appearing in just three games for the Jays in '77, he was released, ending his playing career. He would go on to a long coaching career.
On a side note, his brother Gene is 17 years his junior and debuted in 1981. They also had three other brothers play minor league ball.
For his career, Roof played in parts of 15 seasons, appearing in 857 games, collecting 463 hits, while hitting .215. He played just a bit too much for consideration into my Backup Catcher Hall of Fame.
For his efforts, Topps gave Roof cards in the 1963 and 1965-'77 sets. The '63 and '63 were multi-player cards. I gave him a "rookie" card for 1962. Since I had my creative hat on, I also gave him a solo card for 1965. I also gave him a 'career capper" in 1978, using the OPC 1977 photo, since I had previously made a '1977 White Sox card for him.

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