Thursday, May 26, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1979 JACK KUCEK

Here’s a “missing” 1979 card for former White Sox pitcher Jack Kucek, who appeared in two multi-player rookie cards (1975 and 1976) as well as a 1977 card:


Oddly enough, Kucek saw a significant amount of playing time in 1978 as far as his career was concerned, warranting a card in the ‘79 set, yet barely saw any playing time in the other seasons when he did get a spot in Topps’ sets.
During the 1978 season Kucek appeared in 10 games, pitching to a 2-3 record with a nice 3.29 earned run average over 52 innings of work.
What stands out to me is that of those 10 appearances he had five starts and completed three of them, while collecting a save among his other games played.
He would put together a seven-year career, posting a 7-16 record with a 5.12 ERA over 59 games and 205.2 innings, with a couple of saves and 121 strikeouts.

1 comment:

  1. Jack was traded to the Phillies for INF Jim Morrison, who is also deserving of a card in the '79 set.

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