Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 DANNY CATER: "1976 PROJECT"

Here's the next card in the "1976 Project" you can consider either "missing" or part of my "career capper" series: a card for Danny Cater, aka "the other guy in the Sparky Lyle Trade".


Cater was wrapping up a decent 12-year career in 1975 with 22 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, in which he batted .229 with eight hits in 35 at-bats.
Not really a ton of action there, but for this project I don't call the shots (right Jim?).
Cater's previous three years were spent with the Red Sox, which is where the "Sparky Lyle" joke above comes from.
Before the 1972 season the New York Yankees traded Cater, who performed admirably for them for two years, to the Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle, who as we all know went on to have an exceptional Major League career, including a Cy Young Award in 1977 as part of the World Champion "Bronx Zoo" team.
Cater, on the other hand, never played in more than 92 games in any season, nor batted any more than 343 times.
I'll always remember him as the guy who finished second in the American League batting race in 1968, when Hall of Fame legend Carl Yastrzemski took it home with a meager .301 average.
Cater, incredibly enough, hit .290 that year as a member of the Oakland A's, good for second! Amazing as it may seem.
In 1970 he had a solid year for the Yankees, as he hit .301 with 175 hits and 76 runs batted in. Not bad for that era actually.
But considering the pitching stud he was traded for, he's always remembered for "that trade", and that second place finish in the batting race (to us baseball-uber-nerds anyway!)

2 comments:

  1. What's not to like? He would like great next to Larry Lintz... Speaking of Larry and the 1975 season, he had over 160+ PAs for the Expos before coming over late in the year to the Cards appearing in 27 games with 21 PAs. That's more than Danny and Hector Cruz as it appears Lintz was used either for his speed or defense. Here's to your work and to that 82-80 Cardinal squad in '75. ;)

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