#359 Jim Schaffer
Schaffer actually goes by “Jimmie,” though his 1962 rookie card and this 1964 card refer to him as “Jim.” My card has some slight wax staining on the front but is well-centered and has pretty nice corners. The borders are a little off-white, but I would still consider mine to be EX-MT. Like all commons in the low series, SMR lists a NM example at $8. And, by the way, the answer to the back trivia question (“which batter holds the lifetime strikeout mark?”) was, at the time, Babe Ruth. Today, Babe’s 1,330 Ks rank him only 89th on the list. Reggie Jackson is first with 2,597 (Adam Dunn already has 1,306 at age 29).
Jimmie Schaffer was not much of an offensive dynamo in his career. He was able to stick around for parts of eight seasons, but he never appeared in more than 70 games in any season. He was a career .223 hitter with a .626 OPS. His best season is the last line shown on the back of this card, when he had seven homers and 19 RBI in 57 games with the Cubs in 1963. Jimmie started off with the Cardinals, but was traded after the ’62 season with Larry Jackson and Lindy McDaniel to the Cubs for George Altman, Don Cardwell, and Moe Thacker. The Cubs traded him to the White Sox after the ’64 season for Frank Baumann. He also had brief stints with the Mets, Phillies, and Reds. He spent most of his time from 1966-1970 playing in AAA.
After his playing career, Schaffer spent nine years as a manager in the minor leagues, and has been on a number of major league coaching staffs. He was the bench coach for the Royals when they won the World Series in 1985. He’s now 73 years old.