Monday, September 21, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1978 RICK BALDWIN

Funny how as a child beginning a lifelong obsession with card collecting, certain players are remembered regardless of the fact that barely played in the Majors at all.
Some of these guys, like todays subject Rick Baldwin, was all about timing.
Even though I was a Yankee fan, I also loved to pull Met players out of packs since I thought their color-scheme on cards always looked so nice (something that started for me in that perfect 1976 set!).
Years later I realize that Baldwin lasted a scant three seasons in the big leagues, and barely even played in 1976 at that!
Regardless, here's a 1978 card that I feel should have been included in the set based on his action during the 1977 season:


Over 40 games, Baldwin posted a 1-2 record with a 4.45 earned run average and a save in 62.2 innings of work.
Those 40 games would be the last he'd see on a Major League mound, relegating him to a group of guys in my mind like Bob Myrick, George Zeber and Mickey Klutts.
Baldwin would pitch in the minors during the 1978 season for both Seattle and Pittsburgh before calling it a career.
But alas, he lives on thanks to slabs of cardboard obsessed over by guys like myself!

2 comments:

  1. A big LIKE here. Love when you fill in my missing childhood Mets.

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  2. Love it! Love it, love it, love it!

    ...So, have you done Bob Myrick, George Zeber and Mickey Klutts? :-)

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