Tuesday, May 11, 2010
495 - Tommy Helms
About This Player
Tommy Helms enjoyed 14 big league seasons, including four with the Houston Astros. Helms made his Major League debut in 1964 with the Cincinnati Reds. Helms won the National League Rookie of the Year. With the Reds, he was a two-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner. Helms joined the Astros as part of a ten-player trade that sent the future Hall of Fame second baseman, Joe Morgan, to the Reds. Helms later played with the Pirates and the Red Sox to close out his playing career.
Helms served as a coach on Pete Rose's staff when Rose was named manager of the Reds in 1984. Helms served briefly as the Reds' manager in 1988 while Rose was serving a 30-game suspension and, again, in 1989 after Rose accepted placement on baseball's ineligible list after his accusations of gambling.
About This Card
Trying to pick out the locations of the pictures on the cards in this set is a challenge for me. I assume the picture is at a Spring Training park somewhere. While Spring Training ballparks have changed dramatically since 1973, the ballpark still resembles many minor league ballparks today.