A few years ago we were the first to uncover some amazing photos of Joe Maddon from his days as a catcher for Lafayette College (see below and at this link).
But while we knew Maddon had played three seasons as a catcher in the Angels system (1976-78) and a fourth year in the Padres system (1979), I was unaware that a baseball card existed of this.
The picture on the right (via Beckett.com) is Maddon’s baseball card from his first season of pro ball where he hit .294 with a .360 OBP in 50 games for the single-A Quad Cities Angels.
The other card is a photo from Maddon’s first season as the manager of the double-A Midland Angels in 1985. He was a minor league manager from 1981 through 1986 where he compiled a record of 279-339 in six seasons.
You can see Maddon’s minor league stats at this page.
Here is Maddon (no. 22) at Lafayette.