Considering he had his best season as a pro in 1971, here’s a “missing” In-Action card for former pitcher Al Downing in the 1972 set:
Coming off of a season that saw him go 20-9 with a nice 2.68 earned run
average and a league-leading five shutouts over 37 appearances, all but
one of them starts, Downing had new life after three rough seasons since
leaving the Bronx.
Though he’d never reach those heights again, he would go on to put
together a nice 17-year career, retiring after the 1977 season after
seven seasons out in Los Angeles.
Except for the 1970 season which saw him split the year between the
Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers, Downing spent the rest of his career
split between the Yankees and Dodgers, ending up with a 123-107 career
record, with a 3.22 ERA, 24 shutouts and 1639 strikeouts over 405 games,
317 of which were starts, between 1961 and 1977.