Monday, March 14, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1979 DICK POLE

Here’s a “missing” 1979 card for former pitcher Dick Pole, who pitched his final games during the 1978 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners:



Pole came up in 1973 as a member of the Boston Red Sox, for whom he’d pitch the first four seasons of his career.
He was then drafted in the expansion draft of 1976 for the new Seattle Mariner organization, where he’d play the next two years.
During the 1978 season he appeared in 21 games, posting a 4-11 record with a 6.48 earned run average in 98.2 innings of work.
That would be it for his playing career, but he would go on to be a pitching coach in the Majors for many years, putting together one of those “baseball lives” player-turned-coaches have.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that many of use who were kids collecting back in the 1970’s will always remember his name, which always brought a chuckle to my friends and I...

3 comments:

  1. I would swear I have this one in my 1979 Topps set. Nice job.

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  2. A bigger chuckle could be had with this card:

    http://www.footballcardgallery.com/1964_Topps/9/Dick_Felt.jpg

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  3. What's up with this guy? Just this weekend, another site posted about him: http://toppscardsthatneverwere.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-pole-project-is-complete.html

    This has a different version of the 1979 card (I think I like yours better, but they're both nice), his real cards, and a bunch of homemade cards of him as a coach.

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