Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #23: 1972 BERT BLYLEVEN

Here's a missing 1972 "In Action" card for future Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, who was just starting out his excellent Major League career:


Blyleven just put in his first true full season in 1971 after a solid rookie year the season before, posting a 16-15 record with a 2.81 earned run average and 224 strikeouts.
Turns out it would be the first of six consecutive 200+ strikeout seasons, as well as eight consecutive years of a sub-3.03 E.R.A.
By the time he retired after the 1992 season, he stood at 287-250, with a 3.31 E.R.A., 60 shutouts and 3701 strikeouts over 692 games, 685 of which were starts.
Often overshadowed during the pitching-rich 1970's by guys like Seaver, Carlton and Palmer, Blyleven would have to wait until his 14th year of Cooperstown eligibility before being voted in by the BBWA in 2011.
I just always loved the guy for his pranks, his outspoken personality and the fact that when I was a kid I was mesmerized by the fact that he was born in Holland, something which was unique on the back of a baseball card.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great "in action" Twins cards for 1972! This one and your Tony Oliva are fantastic! Twins had some great early 70's teams. They just couldn't get by the Orioles.

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  2. This reminds me of the '72 Topps IN ACTION card of Jim Kaat. Nice job.

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  3. That's a fabulous card. If it had really come out in '72, I'm sure it would be considered a classic.

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