Wednesday, September 16, 2015


The next guy up for the "1976 Project" I have going on with "Reader Jim", is long-time relief pitcher Joe Hoerner, who could have been included in the 1976 Topps set considering some of the other guys who put in less time during the 1975 season but got into the set.
Take a look at the card I came up with first:

Hoerner pitched in 25 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1975, not figuring in a decision over 21 innings of work while posting a nice 2.57 earned run average.
That ERA was a good sign of the solid 14-year career he'd put in the big leagues, as he'd finish with a 2.99 figure over 493 appearances and 563 innings pitched.
Between 1963 and 1977 he'd play for the Colt 45's (Astros), Cardinals, Phillies, Braves, Royals, Rangers and Reds, and took home a championship in 1967 while with the Cards in St. Louis.
A true man out of the 'pen, he never started a Major League game, with all of his 493 appearances coming in relief, and he'd go on to finish with 98 saves with a high of 17 in 1968, his finest season, as he also went 8-2 with a sparkling 1.47 ERA over 47 games for the National League champ Cardinals.


  1. It seemed like this guy was on a different team every year on his 1970's baseball cards. He is my earliest recollection of a journeyman left handed pitcher...

  2. Love the card. Slotted next to the "other" project creation for that Phillies squad - Wayne Simpson. Great stuff Gio!

  3. Nice Card...I especially love this one because it fits in perfectly with some of the other 1976 Phillies cards...Maddox, Harmon, McGraw, Lonborg, Taylor, Johnstone, Christenson, Hutton, Twitchell, Brown, Hilgendorf, Schueler, Allen & Garber. All of them wearing the road light Blue uniforms (except for Dick Allen) posing on the artificial turf with the red seats in the background.

  4. He definitely deserved a card in 1976. Mike Rogodzinski probably deserves one also.



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