Saturday, November 29, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #16: 1972 MICKEY LOLICH

Let's give Detroit Tigers workhorse Mickey Lolich an "In Action" card in the 1972 set.
Take a look:


What a MONSTER year he had in 1971 huh?!
All Lolich put in for Detroit was a 25-14 record (39 decisions!), 2.92 earned run average, 308 strikeouts, four shutouts and 29 complete games in 45 starts! Good for an eye-popping 376 innings of work! 
Just incredible!
All of those numbers got Lolich a second-place finish in Cy Young voting at the end of the year, as well as a fifth-place finish in M.V.P. Voting.
By the time he hung up his cleats in 1979, Lolich posted a 217-191 record with a 3.44 E.R.A., 41 shutouts and 2832 strikeouts, which were the most for a left-hander at that point in history.

3 comments:

  1. Nice! Lolich deserves a '72 IN ACTION card. Any plans to make a missing '78 Topps card of him?

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  2. Nice.
    He didn't have a 1978 card because he sat out a year to become a free agent. He wanted to return to Detroit, but the GM there considered him NY Mets property. He signed with the Padres

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  3. There could still be a '78 Topps card of Lolich on the Mets, anyway. The back could simply say DID NOT PLAY for the '77 season. The photo used on his '77 Topps card could even be recycled, which is better than nothing if you ask me.

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