Sunday, June 28, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #41: 1972 ANDY MESSERSMITH

Time to give former all-star pitcher Andy Messersmith a "missing" In-Action card in the 1972 set.
Here you go:


Messersmith had a very interesting abbreviated career which saw him go 130-99 with a sparkling 2.86 earned run average, 27 shutouts and 1625 strikeouts, all in only 2230.1 innings pitched and 344 games in twelves years.
Of those twelve years, four were actually partial seasons, so we're really looking at an eight-year career that was very productive!
Going on those eight full seasons between 1969 and 1976, Messersmith posted two 20-win seasons, one in the American League with the Angels and one in the National League with the Dodgers, a 19-win season, six seasons of sub-3.00 ERA, and three seasons of 200+ strikeouts.
Along the way he won two Gold Gloves, was named to four all-star games, and finished fifth or higher in the Cy Young race three times.
Sadly, injuries pretty much halted his career at the age of 31, now with the Atlanta Braves, and by 1979 he was retired for good at 33.
Nevertheless he was one of the exceptional arms of the decade, easily overshadowed by the likes os Seaver, Carlton, Palmer et al.

3 comments:

  1. Love me a Messersmith card! There's not enough of them!

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  2. Andy Messersmith deserved an IN ACTION card in the '72 set because he won 20 games in the '71 season. However, in my opinion, you should have depicted him in a uniform from the '71 season. None of the Angels players from the '72 set are wearing the same cap (with the old logo) as he is in this photo.

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    1. Totally agree Joe. Sadly I don't have the "perfect" photos to accommodate what I'm trying to execute sometimes (like 1976 Jim perry/A's or 1970 Len Boehmer Yankees), so I have to make due.
      Sometimes I do just have to wing-it...

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