Saturday, May 21, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 LARRY HOWARD

A while back I created a 1973 “missing” card for catcher Larry Howard, and today I go ahead and present a 1972 card I created for the former Houston Astro:


Granted he only had about half the playing time he had for the ‘73 version, but I came across this other image of him so why not?
In 1971 Howard appeared in 24 games and batted .234 based on his 15 hits over 64 at-bats with a couple of home runs and a surprising 14 runs batted in. Not bad for only two dozen games.
As a matter of fact he also drove in 16 runs in only 31 games in his rookie year of 1970 as well, which comes to about 80+ over the course of a full season.
It was the 1972 season which would see him get the most playing time during his 4-year career when he played in 54 games and had 175 plate appearances, hence my 1973 version previously.
He would only play in another 24 games in 1973, split between the Astros and the Atlanta Braves, which would mark the last games he’d suit up for on the Major League level.
All told he finished with a .236 average with 86 hits over 365 at-bats in 133 lifetime games before playing out his pro career in the Minors until 1976.

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