Stump Merill never appeared in the Majors as a player, but he did get to manage the New York Yankees in the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Those 2 seasons would be it as far as appearing in the Majors, although he served as a special assistant to the GM of the Yankees for a number of years.
Stump recieved his first Topps card in the 1990 Topps Traded set, and he got a card in the 1991 regular Topps set. Topps had a habit of making a card of the new manager if one got fired the previous season, so since Merrill got fired in the 1991 season, they chose to put the manager for 1992, Buck Showalter, in the 1992 set as the Yankees skipper. This 1992 Topps custom is the last card needed to complete Merrill's career Topps run.
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