Friday, October 23, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 LARRY BIITTNER

Here’s a “missing” 1974 card for long time Major League player Larry Biittner:
For some reason he was left out of the ‘74 set even though he played in 83 games during the 1973 season.
In that campaign he he collected 65 hits over 258 official at-bats. Good for a .252 average with a homer and 12 runs batted in.
He’d go on to play straight through to the 1983 season before retiring, a nice 14-year career that saw him hit a very respectable .273 with 861 hits in 3151 at-bats in 1217 games
I’ll always remember him as a Chicago Cubs player, for whom he suited up between 1976 and 1980, even though he also played for the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds.

And of course for his unique surname with the consecutive "I"...

9 comments:

  1. Great card. How did they overlook him? I'd love to know Topps' selection process.

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    3. Jim the above card is what I am referring to. It's for 1974 not 1983 or 1984.

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  2. Is this photo reversed? He was a left handed batter...

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    1. Holy Crap it is!!! How did I not notice? Have to fix it....Thanks for the heads up!

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  3. I looked at his cards for 15 years prior to realizing he had 2 "i"s in "Biitner". The first time I noticed I need to check his other cards to see if it was an error.

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  4. Don't know why he was excluded in '74 but more mystified that he was included in '75 despite only playing 18 games for the Expos the previous season.

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