Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1971 MIKE MARSHALL: COLOR-IN FUN FOR KIDS! OR SO IT SEEMS...

I just had to post up on Topps' 1971 Mike Marshall card (#713)!
What an airbrushing job huh?!
Take a look:


Man! That is something...
What puzzles me is that not only is this a late-series card (so you'd think Topps would have been able to get a photo of Marshall with the correct cap on), but he also PLAYED for Montreal the last half of the 1970 season.
Strange, as this was before Marshall became a headache for Topps, refusing to pose for photos and then refusing photos altogether later in the decade.
1971 was really the beginning of his incredible run as a reliever over the next few years, culminating with a Cy Young Award in 1974 with the Dodgers when he appeared in a (still) Major League record 106 games, all in relief.
In those 106 games he went 15-12 with a 2.42 earned run average, 21 saves and 143 strikeouts in 208.1 innings of work!
Incredible…
Later in the decade he had a couple more great years with the Twins in 1978 and 1979, before eventually retiring in 1981 after a 14-year career.

1 comment:

  1. No wonder he didn't want to pose for Topps. What's weird is that he had a "real" card in 1972 but another airbrush job in the 1973 set. Then a nice action shot in 1974 but they reused the 1973 photo for his 1974 traded card and the 1971 photo for his league leader card in 1974. His 1975 card was one of my favorites as a kid even though I didn't like him since he was with the dreaded Dodgers. That photo completely captures his essence as a pitcher and ball player.

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