Saturday, April 30, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 DON STANHOUSE

After appearing in the 1973 Topps set with a very nice horizontal card, former relief pitcher Don Stanhouse didn’t make the cut the following year, so I went and created a “missing” card here:


Before helping the Baltimore Orioles reach the World Series in 1979 with a very nice all-star season, Stanhouse played for the Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos, bouncing between a starting and relief role.
In 1973 Stanhouse appeared in 21 games for the Rangers, posting a 1-7 record with a 4.76 earned run average and a single save over 70 innings of work.
Over the next couple of seasons he wouldn’t see much action, until the Expos made him a starter in 1976, a season that saw Stanhouse post a career high 184 innings on the mound, going 9-12 with a 3.77 ERA in 34 games.
But it was his 1978 and 1979 seasons that got Stanhouse some attention when he posted sub-3.00 ERA’s and over 20 saves year.
Sadly for him after finding himself in Los Angeles in 1980 he never found that groove again, suffering injuries and limiting him to only 38 more games in his career before retiring after the 1982 season back in Baltimore.

3 comments:

  1. I knew he got the nickname Stan the Man Unusual when he was with the Orioles, but this I did not realize: Earl Weaver nicknamed Stanhouse "Fullpack," referring to the number of cigarettes consumed while watching him pitch, usually in jams or hair-raising situations. Weaver also was quoted in saying Stanhouse was an asshole, who ruined his health.

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  2. Hey Gio - just noticed that you posted Stan the Man Musial and Stan the Man Unusual in back to back posts! Could be your brilliance or possibly just a nice coincidence.

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  3. I never heard much about Don Stanhouse until now. His '73 Topps rookie card in the horizontal format is a beauty and he pitched for the Orioles in the '79 World Series. Cool.

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