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Today's Card ...   Ken Szotkiewicz  --- 1971

                                                                              August 27-28, 2014   

With a sheepish grin, we get the feeling that
Ken Szotkiewicz was almost embarrassed to
be on a baseball card.

Handed card #749 of 752, he barely made

Szotkiewicz would fill in at shortstop for
Cesar Gutierrez in 47 games during his
lone season for the Detroit Tigers in 1970.
The 23-year-old would fare better in the
field than at the plate, hitting just .107 in 84
at-bats. His first big league hit would be a
single off Chicago Pale Hose hurler Gerry
Janeksi as the lefty swinger would collect
just nine hits during his career.

Surprisingly, three of his hits cleared the
fences, as Szotkiewicz took Minnesota’s
Dave Boswell, Oakland’s Diego Segui and
Boston’s Sonny Siebert deep--- which also
could have led to his sheepish grin.