How's this for a guy who went a chunk of years between baseball cards?
When Topps issued a Danny Murphy baseball card in their 1970 set (#146), it was the first time Murphy appeared on a card since 1963.
Funny enough, in '63 Murphy was an outfielder for the North-side Chicago Cubs, yet when he resurfaced in 1970 he was now a pitcher for the South-side Chicago White Sox.
Take a look:
|As a Cub outfielder in 1963...|
|...resurfacing as a White Sox pitcher in 1970.|
Murphy made his big league debut back in 1960 as a seventeen-year-old, appearing in 31 games for the Cubs in the outfield.
Over the course of 75 at-bats he hit .120 with a homer and six runs batted in, which gave him a ticket back to the minors for the bulk of 1961 and 1962, though he did see a bit of time at the Major League level (18 games and 48 at-bats).
But for the next six years Murphy was stuck in Minor League ball playing for four organizations: Cubs, Indians, Astros and White Sox.
Though he did appear as a pitcher in two games while with the Cubs' B-Level Minor League team of Wenatchee in 1962, it wasn't until the White Sox got him that they converted him into a pitcher, hoping to turn his luck around.
Beginning in 1966 he was a full-on pitcher, starting 30 games for the Sox Double and Triple-A teams Evansville and Indianapolis, going a combined 11-12 with a 3.88 E.R.A.
After a few more decent years pitching in the Minors, Murphy finally made it back up to the Majors in 1969, appearing in 17 games for the South Siders and going 2-1 with a nice 2.01 earned run average.
The Sox thought enough of his performance that they had him back up in 1970 in a full-time middle relief role, appearing in 51 games for 80.2 innings, going 2-3 with a bloated 5.69 E.R.A.
Sadly for Murphy, that was the extent of his Major League action, as he found himself pitching for Boston's Triple-A affiliate Louisville team in 1971, posting a 1-2 record with a brutal 7.85 E.R.A., which would be the last pro-pitching he would do.
Oddly enough, Topps gave him a card in their 1970 set based on his 17 appearances in '69, but decided to exclude him from their 1971 set even though he posted those 51 appearances in 1970.