Friday, March 20, 2015

THEN AND NOW #33: MIKE CUELLAR 1977

Let's go and give former Baltimore Orioles star pitcher Mike Cuellar a "Then and Now" card in the 1977 set.
Take a look:


By 1977 Cuellar was closing out a nice 15-year career that saw him win 185 games, post four 20+ win seasons, win a Cy Young Award (shared with Tigers pitcher Denny McLain in 1969) and post four sub-3.00 E.R.A. Seasons.
I never realized that even though he came up in 1959 with the Cincinnati Reds, appearing in two games as a 22-year old, he didn't make it back to the Major's until 1964 at the age of 27, now as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Considering his lifetime win total mentioned above, he could have possibly approached 250 wins had he not missed those four-plus years in the early-1960's.
In 1977 Cuellar found himself with the California Angels, appearing in only two games, which would be the last two games of his career.
His lifetime numbers were impressive: the 185 wins mentioned above, a 3.14 lifetime E.R.A., 36 shutouts and 1632 strikeouts over 453 games, 379 of which were starts.

6 comments:

  1. Now, do you correct the spelling of the '59 card, or leave it for authenticity?

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    1. Ha! "Gotta" leave it for authenticity!!!! ;)

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  2. Interesting to find out from your blog that Cuellar and Claude Osteen were both Reds prospects in the early 60's. No room on that team with Joey Jay, Jim O'Toole and Jim Maloney on the staff.

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  3. I love all the contrasts on this card...the bright orange of the older card vs. the white-dominated 1977 design; the white Reds cap vs. the black Orioles cap; the fresh-faced youth vs. that big mustache. Great card!

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    1. I got a kick out of finding just the right pose where it matches the rookie card! They're both looking to the right (their left) in almost the same exact way.

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