Friday, July 4, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION-1973 DON McMAHON

Here's a "missing" card of a player who put together a really nice 18-year Major League career: Don McMahon and a 1973 card that never was.
Check it out:


By the time 1973 came around, McMahon was a 43-year old relief pitcher who was still somewhat effective out of the 'pen.
In 1972, pitching for the San Francisco Giants, McMahon went 3 and 3 with a 3.71 earned run average and five saves over 44 games and 63 innings.
Always a relief pitcher, McMahon started only two Major League games (in 1963 for the Houston Colt .45's) among his 874 appearances between 1957 and 1974.
I think I'll even design a "missing" 1974 card for him since he pitched in 22 games in 1973, good for a 4-0 record with a sparkling 1.48 E.R.A.
I don't remember exactly where he stood among all-time pitching appearances even as late at the early 1980's, but I DO remember that he was in the top-10, if not the top-5 at the time.
It's remarkable to even see that McMahon didn't play a Major League game until he was 27 years old, reminiscent of Hoyt Wilhelm.
McMahon could have easily joined Wilhelm as the first pitchers to log 1000 appearances in a career.
For his career, McMahon finished with a 90-68 record, 2.96 E.R.A. and 152 saves over those aforementioned 874 games played with seven organizations: Braves, Colt .45's (Astros), Indians, Red Sox, White Sox Tigers and Giants.
Keep an eye out for his 1974 "missing in action" card in the near future.

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