|Top of the 1st, White Sox Batting, Tied 0-0, Tigers' Bob Bruce facing 1-2-3|
|t1||0-0||0||---||CHW||L. Aparicio||B. Bruce||Single to LF|
|t1||0-0||0||1--||CHW||N. Fox||B. Bruce||Aparicio Steals 2B|
|t1||0-0||0||-2-||CHW||N. Fox||B. Bruce||Aparicio Steals 3B|
|t1||0-0||0||--3||CHW||N. Fox||B. Bruce||Walk|
|t1||0-0||0||1-3||R||CHW||J. Landis||B. Bruce||Reached on E6 (Ground Ball); Aparicio Scores; Fox to 2B; Landis to 1B|
|t1||1-0||0||12-||CHW||T. Kluszewski||B. Bruce||Wild Pitch; Landis to 2B; Fox to 3B|
|t1||1-0||0||-23||RO||CHW||T. Kluszewski||B. Bruce||Groundout: 2B-1B; Fox Scores; Landis to 3B|
|t1||2-0||1||--3||R||CHW||J. Romano||B. Bruce||Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Landis Scores/No RBI/unER|
|t1||3-0||1||1--||O||CHW||A. Smith||B. Bruce||Strikeout|
|t1||3-0||2||1--||RR||CHW||J. Rivera||B. Bruce||Home Run (Deep RF); Romano Scores/unER; Rivera Scores/unER|
|t1||5-0||2||---||O||CHW||B. Phillips||B. Bruce||Popfly: SS|
Another interesting thing happened later in the same game and it had nothing to do with Bob Bruce directly. Sox manager Al Lopez replaced his entire team on the field to start to bottom of the sixth. Again, here is the BR game summary:
Barry Latman replaces Bob Shaw pitching and batting 9thYou don't see that happening very often. Looks like El Señor was saving his troops for the post season. His club had clinched the pennant five days earlier.
Cam Carreon replaces John Romano playing C batting 5th
Earl Torgeson replaces Ted Kluszewski playing 1B batting 4th
Billy Goodman replaces Nellie Fox playing 2B batting 2nd
J.C. Martin replaces Bubba Phillips playing 3B batting 8th
Sammy Esposito replaces Luis Aparicio playing SS batting 1st
Johnny Callison replaces Al Smith playing LF batting 6th
Joe Hicks replaces Jim Landis playing CF batting 3rd
Jim McAnany replaces Jim Rivera playing RF batting 7th
But Bob Bruce persevered and remained with the Tigers through 1961 as a reliever and spot starter. He was traded to Houston in December of 1961 and became a solid member of the Colt 45s' starting rotation in their first season. He won 42 games for the Colts/Astros in five seasons. He was the first pitcher in that franchise's history to win 15 games (1964) and he pitched in the last game played in Colt Stadium and the first game in the Astrodome. In and April 1964 game versus the Dodgers he struck out the side on 9 pitches. He became only the twelvth pitcher to do that. Amazingly he did it the next day after Sandy Koufax had become the eleventh to do it.
Bruce finished his career in 1967 with the Atlanta Braves and retired to San Antonio, Texas where he works in the real estate business.
Little Topps quirks that amuse me department: I've been in Houston since 1967 and have never seen the city's name abbreviated as 'HSTN.' except on a Topps card.