Monday, July 7, 2008

#70 - Rich Sauveur

The White Sox have been wearing uniform numbers since the 1931 season. In all that time, only one player has appeared in a major league game wearing number 70. That would be Rich Sauveur.

Rich pitched ever so briefly for the White Sox in the 1996 season. He appeared in three games and pitched exactly three innings. Rich gave up three hits, including one home run, five runs, five walks, one strikeout and one hit batter.

Even though he was with six different teams in six different years between 1986 and 2000, he only appears to have one card. A 1993 Topps Gold card. Not a regular card, mind you, a gold card. This was one of Topps brilliant ideas of replacing the checklists in the gold parallel with players. Great idea, but not everyone knew they were doing this.

Alas, there is no White Sox card, that I'm aware of, of Rich Sauveur. That's a shame. On the other hand, if there is one lurking somewhere in the shadows, I'd hate to see it turn out like this adventure for his 1993 Topps Gold card.

By sheer fact that Rich is the only one to wear number 70, makes him the best to ever wear number 70. One of these years, a new number 70 will emerge victorious and eliminate the footnote of Rich Sauveur.

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