Sunday, September 7, 2014

1978 TOPPS OSCAR ZAMORA: WHY?

Here's another one of those cards that has you scratching your head, trying to understand why Topps even bothered: the 1978 Oscar Zamora card.
Take a look:


The guy didn't even pitch in the Major Leagues in 1977, as he last pitched for the Chicago Cubs in '75, going 5-3 with a 5.24 earned run average over 40 games.
Why Topps decided to give him a slot in the awesome 1978 set, even going so far as to airbrush his photo, is beyond me.
Too bad they didn't feel the need to give a card to a guy like Ozzie Smith or Brooks Robinson, the beginning of one amazing career, or the end of another.
As it was, Zamora ended up pitching in 10 games for Houston, going 0-0 with a 7.20 E.R.A. in 15 innings.
And that my friends, was the last he saw big league action, toiling in the Minors up until 1982 before hanging them up for good.

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