Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION: 1976 DON HOPKINS

Here’s an interesting “missing” 1976 card: a card for former designated hitter/runner Don Hopkins of the Oakland A’s:


Hopkins line for the 1975 season is just as odd as Herb Washington’s was for the A’s in 1974.
Though he appeared in 82 games for Oakland during the 1975 season, Hopkins posted eight plate appearances and six official at-bats, yet scored 25 runs and stole 21 bases.
I LOVE stuff like this!
Used as a pinch runner he took over where Washington left off, and this would pretty much encompass the entirety of his career except for three games in 1976.
He’d finish with one single hit over six at-bats, with 25 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 85 games.
Interesting bit of baseball oddity right here, and I think derserving of a card, no?

1 comment:

  1. Tidbit - Don Hopkins made 1 appearance in the postseason. 1975 ALCS against the Red Sox. Surprisingly the 1 appearance was as a pinch HITTER (not runner). He pinch hit for HOF Billy Williams! Of course the A's were down 7-1 in the 9th inning, but it still goes in the books as pinch-hitting for a Hall of Famer.

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