It’s kind of amazing that Ben Paschal hasn’t made an appearance on Monster Monday yet. While there are certainly better cards out there and ones that are more deserving (Paschal only managed 87 plate appearances for the 1927 Yankees), he was a bit of an APBA legend. Since the 1927 Yankees and subsequently the entire 1927 season were one of the first APBA baseball seasons published, Ben Paschal was a bit of anomaly. “Wow, he’s got SIX extra-base hit numbers!”. Since then more and more monster cards with limited playing time have been published but he was one of first.
Paschal only played eight seasons but those years were spread out from 1915 to 1929. From 1924 to 1929, he played for the Yankees and competition was tight. He did get in over 200 at-bats in 1925 (wasn’t that Ruth’s stomach-ache heard ‘round the world?) and 1926. In ‘25, he hit .360 with 12 homers.
But in 1927, he batted .349 with nine doubles, two triples, and two homers in just 82 at-bats. Looking at his gamelog of 1927, his time was split between pinch hitting and playing the field.
The card shown was published in 1998 but I know I had one from the World Series set put out in the 1970’s. There was also the 1927 season set published not long after.
Thanks to Ryan Morrison to passing this card on me. Great memories!!