Never Played For That Team

by Jack Webster - 99 cards (Last updated on Nov 23, 2022)

1. 1954 Topps #204 Angel Scull

Played 19 seasons of professional Baseball.
None of it in the Major Leagues.

2. 1955 Bowman #241 Johnny Pesky

Singed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles on December 21, 1954.
Released on April 10, 1955, before Opening Day.
Spent the 1955 season Coaching in the Yankees Organization.

3. 1957 Topps #218 Ray Jablonski

Acquired in a trade with the Reds on November 13, 1956.
Traded to the Giants on April 16, 1957.

6. 1960 Topps #228 Ernie Johnson

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 1962 Topps #241 Johnny Kucks

Acquired by the Cardinals in a trade with the Orioles on December 1, 1961.
Pitched for the Cardinals AAA team in 1962 & 1963.
Had already pitched his last game in the Majors on September 25, 1960.

10. 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.



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)

Aug 11, 2020 - 8:41AM

1962:  Johnny Kucks, Harry Chiti, Bobby Locke and Dan Dobbek.

Edited on: Aug 11, 2020 - 10:08AM

Aug 16, 2020 - 6:49AM
Jack Webster

Thanks again Falcon

Aug 20, 2020 - 10:33AM

1964:  Bob Allen, Jim Coker, Jim Campbell and Mike Joyce.

Aug 20, 2020 - 10:45AM
Jack Webster

The Falcon strikes again! 

Thanks much.

Sep 16, 2020 - 12:56PM

Whoops, how did I miss these before ... 1971 Steve Huntz, Gene Brabender, Jim Qualls and John Purdin.

Edited on: Sep 16, 2020 - 1:29PM

Sep 22, 2020 - 10:16AM

1978 Topps Dennis Blair

Sep 26, 2020 - 7:06PM

Roy Foster (1972) never played with the Rangers, except in spring training.

I picked up on Foster when I was looking up Mudcat Grant.  There's a 1972 team-issued photo of Grant on this site in a Cleveland uniform.  I thought he was done after 1971 ... I didn't know until now that he went to the Indians training camp in 1972.  He was in the last cut on April 5.  They offered him a contract to pitch at Portland (AAA), but he chose to retire instead.  Apparently it was a short retirement as he ended being the closer for the Iowa Oaks (AAA) ... I assume he was hoping to get called up by the Oakland A's later in the season, but it never happened.

Sep 30, 2020 - 11:22AM

OPC 1979 Pete Broberg

Oct 9, 2020 - 9:00AM

Willie Crawford (1977)

Steve Barber (1974)

Edited on: Oct 9, 2020 - 10:28AM

Oct 9, 2020 - 7:57PM

Larry Hisle (1972)

Nov 29, 2020 - 5:39PM

This particular Bob Miller never pitched for the StL Cardinals:

Feb 2, 2021 - 8:31PM

As I always do when someone dies, I reviewed all the cards I have of Grant Jackson. Immediately thought of this list. You've got it. Well done. 


Mar 24, 2021 - 8:31PM

The 1979 OPC Bob Robertson card lists him with Kansas City, but he never played for them.  The Sports Transaction DB says the Royals cut him in early April of '79.

Mar 24, 2021 - 10:36PM

I have stumbled into another, great, one. Topps anticipated that Angel Scull would break the color barrier for the Washington Senators/Nationals in 1954, so they made a card for him that year. He never made it to the "majors." 

Mar 27, 2021 - 9:06AM


Brandon Webb - 2011 for the Texas Rangers

He played 4 games in AA but never made the majors again


Shame too, because he was so good for a time

Mar 27, 2021 - 9:09AM

Your 1970 Topps #574 Bobby Bolin entry is incorrect.  The Pilots moved before the start of the 1970 season.

Mar 27, 2021 - 9:17AM

Another more recent more

In February 2002, Jose Canseco signed with the Expos, but was released basically a month later in March. 

He didn't actually retire though, as he signed again with the White Sox and played some games in the minors that year before being released.

Mar 27, 2021 - 9:29AM

Played only 11 games with the Pirates, traded to Reds in 1959 but spent rest of career in minors.

Nov 10, 2021 - 10:45AM

1970 Jim Gosger - never played with the Giants during regular season.

Dec 27, 2021 - 1:11PM

Still a free agent at the time, just never played an actual game with Atlanta. 

Edited on: Dec 27, 2021 - 1:12PM

Oct 25, 2022 - 10:16AM

1955 Bowman Johnny Pesky with BAL

Nov 16, 2022 - 5:34PM
Nov 16, 2022 - 5:44PM
Jack Webster

Thanks for another one Falcon! 

Nov 23, 2022 - 10:47AM

If you want to stretch the rules, you could add this Topps "card" ,,, never played for the Royals -

Nov 23, 2022 - 10:51AM
Jack Webster

Streched-Thanks again Falcon

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