Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- "IN ACTION" #57: RICO PETROCELLI

Found this great action shot of fellow-Brooklynite Rico Petrocelli and I figured it would make a great “missing” 1972 In-Action card:


At this time in his career Petrocelli was THE power-hitting shortstop in the Majors, slamming 40 homers in 1970 and 29 in 1971 while averaging 100 runs batted in for the Red Sox.
In 1972 he’d go on to hit another 28 round-trippers while driving in 89 along with 91 base on balls with 82 runs scored with a .251 average.
But those three seasons would be the high marks as far as slugging, though he would remain a productive hitter the rest of his career which lasted through the 1976 season.
In all, Petrocelli played 13-years of Major League ball, all with the Red Sox, hitting 210 home runs with 773 RBI’s, 653 runs scored and 1352 hits, good for a .251 average over 5390 at-bats in 1553 games.

5 comments:

  1. Love the A's pitcher warming up in the background.

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    1. That's actually what clinched the shot for me!

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  2. This is one of your best! Enjoy following you on Twitter...very interesting facts and trivia.

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  3. I am assuming that this is Rico taking pre-game grounders as the visitor's bullpen mounds are located BEHIND the right-center home run wall and you wouldn't be able to see a pitcher warming up like this. Maybe I'm wrong on the location. Never had the pleasure of going to Fenway.

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  4. I'm going to guess that the pitcher is Blue Moon Odom. Also, the In Action subset is probably my favorite of all topps subsets of that ERA. Maybe it's the color scheme or that it is the earliest subset I remember seeing other than the World Series cards of the early 70's.

    Well done G, as always.

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