Monday, July 13, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 CHARLIE HUDSON

Today I present a "missing" 1974 card for former pitcher Charlie Hudson of the Texas Rangers.
Take a look:


Hudson appeared in 25 games during the 1973 season, with four starts among them, good for 62.1 innings pitched.
He posted a 4-2 record with a 4.62 earned run average, with 34 strikeouts and a shutout and save each.
He'd actually miss the entire 1974 season before coming back for a brief spell with the California Angels in 1975, pitching in only three games and 5.2 innings before his playing career was over.
Ironically enough, I just noticed that Hudson was traded from the Mets, the team who drafted and signed him, to the Cardinals in October 1971 in a multi-player deal for none other than pitcher Harry Parker, who I just posted a 1976 card for a couple of days ago. Go figure.
Nevertheless Hudson's career would span three years (minus the missed 1974 season), where he pitched for three teams: the Cardinals, Rangers and Angels.
He posted a 5-3 career record, with a 5.04 earned run average and 38 strikeouts over 40 games and 80.1 innings pitched.

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