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1970 Topps #683 Vern Geishert

Vernon William Geishert

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"He faced future Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Luis Aparicio and Frank Robinson (they were a combined 3-for-12 against Geishert)." - from an article about Vern Geishert (cited below)

Pitcher Vern Geishert pitched for the California Angels in 1969. As of 2008, he was still playing baseball locally in Madison, WI, for a men's senior league and for the Home Talent League, where he was one of their oldest players ever.

Geishert went to high school in Richland Center (a town northwest of Madison), and was noticed by scouts when he was a junior in high school pitching in the state tournament. Two years later, when he was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, he was drafted by the Angels.

In Single A ball in 1966, he had a 1.13 ERA for Quad Cities, still (as of 2008) the lowest ERA for the Midwest League. He moved up to Double A and Triple A in 1966, and started 1967 with Triple A Seattle. The next year he was at El Paso under manager Chuck Tanner and spent the next few years bouncing back and forth between Double A and Triple A.

He also played winter ball in Puerto Rico, and in 1970 his Leones de Ponce team went to the Caribbean World Series.

In 1970 and 1971 he was with the Indianapolis Indians.

He was part of one of the more lopsided trades in baseball history. Now with the Cincinnati Reds, during the 1971 season, he was traded along with shortstop Frank Duffy to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder George Foster. Duffy played just 21 games for the Giants, and Geishert never pitched in the majors again; Foster played sparingly his first several years in Cincinnati but emerged as a key member of the Big Red Machine clubs of the 1970s. After the trade he decided to leave pro ball.

Main source: At age 62 Geishert still hitting

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