Monday, August 3, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1977 FRANK LaCORTE

For a guy who pitched over 100 innings in 1976, it baffles me as to why Topps didn't give Frank LaCorte a card in their 1977 set.
So allow me to do just that, and take a look at my card design:


LaCorte appeared on a 1976 multi-player rookie card, but for some reason after appearing in 19 games with 105.1 innings pitched, Topps couldn't find a spot for him in their 1977 set.
LaCorte posted a 3-12 record for the Braves, with a 4.70 earned run average and 79 K's.
He wouldn't really hit his stride until 1980 after he joined the Houston Astros, where he'd work out of the 'pen for the next four seasons before finishing up his career with the California Angels in 1984.
Overall he posted a 23-44 record with a 5.01 ERA, 26 saves and 372 strikeouts over 490 innings and 253 appearances.

1 comment:

  1. He definitely deserved a card for '77 since he pitched for the Braves that season and beyond. One reason that his career numbers were bloated and also why he did not have a '78 card was that he ran up an 11.68 ERA (!!) in 37 innings in '77. Give him credit for recovering from that debacle.

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