#CardCorner: 1983 Topps John Mayberry
Hall of Fame staffers are also baseball fans and love to share their stories. Here is a fan's perspective from Cooperstown.
Back in 2009, former big league slugger John Mayberry became embroiled in one of the funniest bits of unintended humor that season. During a nationally televised broadcast of a Saturday afternoon game, FOX broadcasters mistook a Panamanian gentleman for Mayberry in the stands at Yankee Stadium. The FOX cameras cut repeatedly to the man, who could be seen talking on his cell phone, while the broadcasters continued to refer to him as the elder Mayberry.
Thankfully, the mistake was rectified. FOX broadcaster Ken Rosenthal then caught up with the real Mayberry, who happened to be at the game but was sitting in a different part of the Stadium. He was attending that day to watch his son, John Mayberry, Jr., make his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies. The younger Mayberry had just hit a three-run homer, prompting FOX to cut to the Mayberry “imposter” in the stands.
The real Mayberry took the case of misidentification with a good sense of humor. After all, it was an honest mistake -- and a light-hearted one at that. In a way, though, it’s unfortunate that the legacy of the elder Mayberry remains obscure -- because Mayberry was one of the top left-handed power hitters of the mid-1970s.