Who ever heard of the Seattle Pilots?

Quickly, I wanted to show off the newest edition to my tiny collection of 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game.  This card was found in one of those Fairfield repackage products.  It was the top card, which meant I spent $3.50 for this one card, as none of the other cards was worth keeping.


#115, Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton played for what team? The Seattle Pilots? Is that what the Mariners were originally named?  The back of the card lists the teams that Bouton played for: Yankees, Astros, Braves, and Pilots.  For part of 1969, he played for some mythical team.


As it turns out, the Pilots only played in Seattle for 1969, then moved to Milwaukee and become the Brewers.

The more confusing aspect to this card is that fact that Bouton only played in 57 games for the Pilots, as opposed to 197 for the Yankees.  For some reason, Fleer decided to showcase his time with Seattle.  Interesting choice from Fleer, wouldn’t you say?

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2 Responses to Who ever heard of the Seattle Pilots?

  1. I’ll back up Mark Hoyle on “Ball Four”… One of my favorite all-time baseball books, and a large part of the reason I came to collect Pilots cards & oddballs from 1969 and 1970 (and later).

    The Pilots original ownership was poorly financed, and the move happened at the end of 1970 Spring Training, something you’d never see in any sport today. The city of Seattle justifiably threatened MLB with a lawsuit and as a result Seattle got the Mariners in 1977.

    It’s funny, I was in Target the other day and saw two repacks with that same card on top.


  2. Mark hoyle says:

    Jared. You will have to read Boutons book. “Ball Four “. It’s one of the great baseball books. It’s about Boutons time with the Pilots


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