Friday, July 24, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1975 JACK AKER

Let's go and give longtime relief pitcher Jack Aker a "missing" card in the 1975 set.
Take a look at the card I created:


For the 1974 season, his last as a Major League player, Aker appeared in 41 games for both the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.
He posted a record of 2-2 with a couple of saves and a 3.57 earned run average, all out of the 'pen.
As a matter of fact, in his entire 11 year career he never started a single game, appearing in a total of 495 games in relief, posting a (then) very respectable 124 saves, including 32 in 1966 alone when he had his best season in the big leagues for the Kansas City Athletics, going 8-4 with a 1.99 ERA to go along with those league-leading saves.
Between 1964 and 1974 he'd suit up for the Athletics, Pilots, Yankees, Cubs, Braves and Mets, finishing with a 47-45 record with a nice 3.28 ERA and 404 strikeouts over 746 innings of work in 495 appearances.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you. Thank you. Love those missing 70's Mets.

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  2. Cool card. Good timing. Over on Facebook, yes guys... say what ya gotta say...., Fritz Peterson has been writing neat stories with some interesting tidbits about fellow players. He recently mentioned Jack Aker.

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  3. Jack Aker was a Met?!? I think that may have been buried deep in my brain somewhere, but that doesn't prepare me for photographic proof.

    I like the slightly-chunkier, serifed uni numbers the Mets wore at that time... I wouldn't mind them going back to that.

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