Never Played For That Team

by Jack Webster - 71 cards (Last updated on Aug 6, 2020)

1. 1960 Topps #228 Ernie Johnson

Signed by the Indians in the 1959-60 off-season.
Released an April 12, 1960.

2. 1961 Topps #174 Ray Semproch

Drafted by the Senators from the Dodgers in the 1960 rule 5 draft on November 28,1960.
Sold to the Angels on April 7, 1961.

3. 1961 Topps #246 Bob Davis

Drafted by the Senators in the 1960 expasion draft on December, 14, 1960.
Sold to the Angels the same day.
Appeared in his last Major or Minor League game the previous October 1st.

4. 1962 Topps #243 Robin Roberts

Purchased by the Yankees from the Phillies on October 16, 1961.
Made the team out of Spring Training, but, because of rainouts and off-days, never pitched in a game for the Yankees before being released on April 25, 1962.

5. 1962 Topps #308 Neil Chrisley

Purchased by the Mets from the Braves on October 16, 1961.
Returned to the Braves on April 2, 1962

6. 1963 Topps #117 Jacke Davis

Acquired by the Angels in a trade with the Phillies on December 11, 1962.
Traded to the Giants on March 29, 1963.

7. 1963 Topps #141 Manny Mota

Acquired by the Astros in a trade with the Giants on November 30, 1962.
Traded to the Pirates on April 4, 1963.



May 9, 2020 - 6:03PM
May 12, 2020 - 9:26PM

Jarvis Tatum 1971, traded to the Red Sox in the off-season, but released prior to season.


May 14, 2020 - 6:30PM

Edited on: May 14, 2020 - 6:33PM

May 16, 2020 - 5:55AM
Jack Webster

Thank You soxbigdog. jarvis has been added to the list.

May 16, 2020 - 5:56AM
Jack Webster

Thank You for the adds theFalcon

May 16, 2020 - 3:46PM

Don't know if you're looking to expand beyond baseball, but there's always Ernie Davis (

Heisman Trophy winner drafted #1 overall by the Washington Redskins in 1962, he was immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns for future HoF Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Jackson (drafted #11 overall in 1962). He was then diagnosed with Leukemia, and coach Paul Brown refused to take the risk of letting him play, Davis never played a down in an NFL game. The Browns still retired his #45 jersey. 


Edited on: May 16, 2020 - 4:00PM

May 20, 2020 - 10:53PM

A few more from the '69 Topps set:  Jack Billingham, Larry Miller, Dennis Ribant and Fred Newman.

Jun 7, 2020 - 9:39AM

Two more from the '69 Topps set:  Dave Nicholson and Jessie Gonder.

Jun 7, 2020 - 10:07AM

... and the 1970 Topps Bill Dillman.

Jun 7, 2020 - 2:04PM
Jack Webster

Nice work! Thanks again Falcon

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:06AM

If you decide to include 1969 Topps Team Posters, you'll find a few more (ex: Ron Davis with the San Diego Padres).

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:19AM

Add in 1969 Russ Nixon and 1968 Joe Moeller.

Edited on: Jun 22, 2020 - 5:32AM

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:01PM

1971 John Matias #546 never played for the Royals and 1971 Don O'Riley #679 never played for the White Sox.  They were part of the same trade.

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:52PM
Jack Webster

Good work Falcon!

Keep them coming!

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:56PM

Aurelio Monteagudo is a twofer ... 1967 Reds and 1972 Brewers.

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:40PM
Jack Webster

Never had a two-fer before! Nice work!


Edited on: Jun 29, 2020 - 7:47AM

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:36PM

Chris Cannizzaro, 1966 Braves

Derrell Griffith, 1967 Astros

Felix Mantila, 1967 Cubs

Edited on: Jun 29, 2020 - 10:21PM

Jul 2, 2020 - 12:59AM

" There is no record of him ever being in the Orioles organization. "

The Orioles drafted Larry Miller in the 1968 Rule V Draft.  I don't know if he went to spring training with them or what happened from there.  But he was there property at some point.

Jul 2, 2020 - 4:55AM
Jack Webster

Baseball Reference does have him being drafted by the Orioles in the 1968 Rule V draft but I can't find any record of him ever pitching in their organization. 

But now it gets even stranger. His obituary says he moved to Phoenix and retired after the 1967 season.

Baseball Reference has him pitching for the Giants Triple AA team in Phoenix in '68 & '69.


Edited on: Jul 2, 2020 - 5:19AM

Jul 2, 2020 - 8:35PM

Turns out Miller did go to Spring Training with the Orioles in 1968.  They cut him in early April, then optioned him back to Phoenix, who they had drafted him from. 

Jul 4, 2020 - 10:24AM

Does Jose Canseco's 2002 Topps card count? Was with Expos that spring but called it a day before the season started. Is this for players who literally never had an opportunity to even don the jersey?

I have a feeling covid may add a few instances of this for the 2020 set

Edit: NM saw that this cuts off after the 70s!

Edited on: Jul 4, 2020 - 10:25AM

Jul 4, 2020 - 5:58PM

From 1972:  Don Pavletich, Bobby Pfeil, César Gutiérrez, Lowell Palmer and Rich Robertson.

Jul 28, 2020 - 3:23AM

From 1977 Topps:  Dave Hilton, Dave Roberts (infielder), Kurt Bevacqua and Bill Greif

From 1977 OPC:  Leon Hooton, Doug Howard and Bill Greif

Aug 5, 2020 - 9:37PM

Ken Retzer (1965)

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