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...