Wednesday, July 10, 2013

JUAN MARICHAL: FILLING IN THE FINAL PIECES

I never realized how Topps missed out on Juan Marichal, not only with a card in 1976 capping off his career, but also how they missed out on a card for him in 1975 when really, there should have been one issued anyway.
After playing out the 1974 season with the Red Sox, appearing in 11 games and finishing with a 5-1 record, Marichal was released in late October, but wasn't officially retired, so it would have been cool to have a card for him in '75. No reason not to.
So I went ahead and designed a 1975 card for him as a Boston player, being that in reality, Topps would never have had a card issued as a Dodger since he didn't sign with them until the end of March.
His stint in L.A. didn't last very long, a total of 2 games and six innings for an 0-1 record. And with that line capped off a Hall of Fame career, sporting a record of 243-142, 2.89 E.R.A. and 2303 K's.
Throw in three seasons of 25+ wins (each time overshadowed by a monster season by either Koufax or Gibson), nine All Star games, and a no-hitter on June 15th, 1963, and Marichal was arguably the best pitcher of the 1960's when considering the FULL decade: six 20+ win seasons, eight sub-3.00 E.R.A.'s, and winning the most games during the 1960's for any Major league pitcher.
After leaving the game in 1975, a 1976 card for him in a Dodger uniform would have been nice, and somewhat ironic considering that the one true blemish on his career would be the "Johnny Roseboro bat incident" in 1965. Google it if you're not familiar. No need to delve into that fiasco here.
Anyway, I've also gone and designed a 1976 Marichal Dodger card, capping off his amazing career which lead to a Hall induction in 1983.

Missing in the 1975 set.

Capping off his legendary career.

3 comments:

  1. Perfect cards, look like they actually existed...great job!

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  2. Amazing! I was looking for a Marichal Red Sox card and yours it great!!

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  3. I'm thinking the Dodgers photo comes from a post-career appearance where I assume he threw out the first pitch (1982?). When he actually played for Los Angeles, baseball-reference says he wore No. 46.. though I also found a photo of him with Walter Alston (holding up a jersey as if Marichal had just been signed) wearing a #57 Dodgers jersey, so it's a little confusing. But in your custom, he seems to be wearing #27, which he wore at the 1982 appearance at Dodger Stadium according to a Getty photo of him and John Roseboro (I'll bet Juan threw the first pitch to John, which is why they were both in uniform).

    Eh, not a huge deal. Just kinda fun playing detective, ya know.

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