Friday, March 6, 2015


Today's "Then and Now" subject is a guy who put together a nice 18-year career, former pitcher Juan Pizarro.
Check out my card design:

Pizarro's best years were with the Chicago White Sox between 1961 and 1964 which saw him primarily as a starter, winning 61 games with two seasons of sub-3.00 E.R.A.
1964 was easily his best season, as he posted a 19-9 record with a 2.56 earned run average, four shutouts and 162 strikeouts over 33 starts.
From 1965 until his last season in 1974 he was used mainly as a lefty out of the bullpen, pitching for no less than seven teams: White Sox, Pirates, Red Sox, Indians, A's, Cubs and Astros.
By the time he retired he finished with a 131-105 record, with a 3.43 E.R.A., 17 shutouts, 28 saves and 1522 strikeouts over 488 games, 245 of which were starts.
Although he pitched into the 1974 season, Pizarro's last Topps card was in 1972, that's why I used the 1972 template here.
But I'll be designing a couple of "missing" cards for Pizarro in the near future so keep an eye out for them.


  1. Love this one! He was a guy my buddies and I liked because we thought his name was 'cool'. I have a casual Pizarro PC and the '57 is my favorite. Looking forward to more Pizarro.

  2. Couple of things with Pizarro: 1) He pitched in the post season in his first 2 seasons (1957-58) and his last season (1974). I remember looking at the back of his 1957 topps card and noticing his 23-6 record and 1.77 ERA from 1956 (A level).



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