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Bob Montgomery – 1973 Topps #491

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Robert Edward Montgomery (born April 16, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played in the American League for the Boston Red Sox from 1970 to 1979. He was known as “The Hammer” or “Monty”. For most of his career, Montgomery served as Boston’s backup catcher behind Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk (Fisk became the starter in 1972). In 387 career games, he compiled a .258 batting average with 23 home runs and 156 runs batted in. After his playing career, Montgomery spent fourteen seasons (1982 through 1995) as the color commentator for Red Sox telecasts on WSBK-TV 38. Montgomery now works for Big League Promotions which manufactures game boards using professional sports licensing. Montgomery was the last Major League player to bat without wearing a batting helmet, in 1979. Although helmets were mandated in 1971, players like Montgomery who were grandfathered in could choose to not wear one if they wished.

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