Friday, June 5, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1978 LENN SAKATA

Here's a curious one: I post today a "missing" 1978 Topps card for former infielder Lenn Sakata.
Take a look at my card design:

 
What makes this curious is the fact that Sakata didn't get a card even though he played in 53 games with 169 plate appearances in 1977, good for at least a spot on those multi-player rookie cards, no?
But he eventually got a spot on a 1980 multi-player rookie card after appearing in only four games with 14 plate appearances in 1979. Strange…
Of course many of you will remember Sakata from his playing days in Baltimore, where he spent six of his eleven Major League seasons.
In 1977 he posted a .162 batting average, collecting 25 hits in 154 official at-bats, with a couple of doubles and homers thrown in.
By the time he retired after the 1987 season after a handful of games with the New York Yankees, Sakata had a .230 batting average with 296 hits in 1289 at-bats, with 46 doubles, four triples, 25 homers and 109 RBI's over 565 games.

5 comments:

  1. Sakata absolutely killed the Brewers as a player, even if he fully understood why the Brewers chose to play Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, and Jim Gantner over him.

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  2. Sakata was a very clutch player off of the bench for the Baltimore Orioles. Earl Weaver inserted him at catcher for one game. Tippy Martinez picked off three runners that inning...

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  3. Just double checked my facts. Joe Altobelli was the manager for the Orioles that inserted Sakata at catcher. Altobelli managed the Orioles in 1983 all the way to the World Championship!

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  4. Great custom! I'd never seen a picture of Sakata as a Brewer, it's more than a little odd.

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  5. Wow! Nice card. Len Sakata is portrayed as 1977 rookie star on the This Week in Baseball DVD.

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