Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 CHUCK HINTON

Here's a design for a "missing" card in the 1972 Topps set of former outfielder Chuck Hinton.
Check it out:


Hinton wrapped up his 11-year career after the 1971 season, appearing in 88 games for the Cleveland Indians, good for 167 plate appearances.
For the '71 season he hit .224 with 33 hits, seven doubles and five homers in 147 at-bats.
I think that's enough playing time to warrant a card in the 1972 set.
Hinton's best Major league season is easily 1962 when he was playing for the Washington Senators.
In only his second year in the Big Show, Hinton hit .310 with 73 runs scored, 168 hits, 25 doubles, six triples and 17 homers to go along with 75 runs batted in and 28 stolen bases.
He had a couple of more productive years with the Senators before moving on to the Indians, where he'd play seven of the next eight years (he played one season for the California Angels in 1968).
By the time he was done, he owned a .264 average with just over 1000 hits, 113 home runs and 130 stolen bases.

4 comments:

  1. Gio -
    Not related to this post, but was hoping you could add some Mets to your missing in action cards. Some ideas: 73 Lute Barnes, 73 Joe Nolan, 73 and 74 Dave Schneck, a 73 re-do of Phil Hennigan and a 74 Hennigan, 74 and 75 Jim Gosger and 74 Brock Pemberton. Lastly a 74 Traded Jack Aker and 75 Jack Aker/career capper.

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    1. Hey Seth! I do have some of those on "my list", but have not been able to find any usable pics (especially Aker!). But I'm happily adding the ones I didn't already have in mind to my master list! Thanks! And feel free to give me any other suggestions, regardless of teams, year, etc!

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    2. ps- I already did a '73 Schneck! Click his name on the right under "Labels"...

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  2. Interesting Chuck Hinton tidbit...He played the Catcher position in 13 games as a 25-year old Minor Leaguer (1959)...He did not Catch again until the 1970's (!!!), when he caught 9 games with the Indians between 1970-1971. That means the first time he caught in the major leagues was as a 36-year-old in his 10th season.

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