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1964 Topps Rookie Stars Braves #541 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I’ve never been a fan of multiple player rookie cards. That’s nothing against Phil Roof. He had a serviceable career that stretched across 15 seasons as a player and many more as a major league coach and a minor league manager. That’s all well and good. As a Braves fan, I just don’t want him on Phil Niekro’s rookie card.

Here’s a summary of Phil Roof’s time with the Braves: he was called up in 1961 at 19 years old and caught the final inning of the game without a single plate appearance. In 1964, Roof started a game in May and after two at-bats, without hits, he was replaced for a pinch hitter. He would never appear again in a Braves uniform.

He also had a rookie card for the Braves in the 1963 Topps set. His two cards match the number of games he appeared in with the Braves. Now, over 50 years later, I’m writing about him instead of writing about Knucksie, all because Topps put them on a baseball card together.