there were probably some folks back in 1965 that lamented the likelihood that his was the last card that would feature ken mcmullen as a dodger. mcmullen's 1964 topps card
at that point in time, mcmullen had 109 games of major league experience under his belt, with a .232 average, 6 home runs, and 30 rbi. he debuted in 1962 and played in a handful of games, although the only defensive position he played that year was left field. mcmullen played in 79 games during the 1963 season, most of which came as the dodgers' third baseman. unfortunately, he did not appear in the world series that year due to a late season injury.
after a disappointing 1964 season in which mcmullen was down at spokane for an extended period of time, he was dealt to the senators. there, he was their everyday third baseman and he responded by hitting 86 home runs over the next 5 seasons. he never won a gold glove, but he did lead the league, or finish near the top of the leader board, in many defensive categories during his time in the nation's capitol. just a few games into the 1970 season, however, mcmullen was traded to the angels.
his 1971 topps card features one of those fantastic in-game photos that the set is known for, and it's one of my favorite cards in the set.
with the angels, mcmullen was once again the everyday third baseman. he played in a career high 160 games in 1971, and hit a career high 21 home runs that year. his home run total dropped to just 9 in 1972, but he hit .269 which was just a few points off his career best average.
now we get to the double dipping part. when the dodgers traded frank robinson, bill singer, and bobby valentine (and others) to the angels prior to the 1973 season, they received andy messersmith and mcmullen in return. mcmullen began the year as the dodger third baseman, and was hitting .389 through the team's first five games. that's when he became wally pipp to ron cey's lou gehrig. out with muscle spasms, mcmullen sat on april 11 while cey got the start. mcmullen didn't get another start at third base until late june, and he was used primarily as a pinch hitter off the bench the rest of the season. here's mcmullen's 1975 topps card to document his return to los angeles.
this card, but there are a number of photos from the game that show the armband, like this one.
after the 1975 season, mcmullen was on the move again. he returned to the american league, where he played in 98 games for the oakland a's. then, during spring training 1977, mcmullen's contract was purchased by the milwaukee brewers. it was with the brew crew that mcmullen closed out his big league career, hitting 5 home runs over the course of 63 appearances. in his final big league at bat, mcmullen came off the brewers' bench to hit a two-run pinch hit home run against the mariners. not a bad way to go out.
while mcmullen did get a card in the 1977 topps set, he was not included in the 1978 set, even though he played in more games in 1977 than he had in any of his three 'double dipper' seasons in los angeles. that's just wrong, so i went ahead and threw a card that should have been together for him.
these days, mcmullen maintains his ties with the dodgers, often making appearances on their behalf. he is also a good ttm signer, as i will show you. here's a copy of his 1973 topps card that he signed through the mail.
bill singer, not so much.
mcmullen also signed a copy of his 1974 topps card, marking his triumphant return to the blue with a real photo