Monday, October 5, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 MARK BALLINGER

Here's a "missing" 1972 card for a guy that I'll admit barely makes my informal requirements for such a creation: former Cleveland Indians pitcher Mark Ballinger:


Ballinger played his only Major League action during the 1971 season, really only a month between the middle of August to the middle of September, appearing in 18 games for the Tribe, posting a 1-2 record with a 4.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 34.2 innings of work.
That would be it for him on a Major League mound, as he'd toil in the Minor Leagues up until 1979 pitching for the Angels and Royals double and triple-A teams.
But it sure is fun creating cards for players with such brief careers like this! Many more to follow in the coming months!

2 comments:

  1. Great photo choice. It looks like it was taken at nearly the identical spot as Ray Fosse's 1972 card. The Pepsi logo is behind Fosse, while the edge of it is on the far left edge of the card.

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  2. Mark was a couple years ahead of me at Thousand Oaks High School. Good guy, fine athlete in baseball and basketball(where I knew him more as a fellow basketball player) and glad he got a little glory with the 1972 Topps. Nice card!

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