Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 JOE GRZENDA

Here’s a “missing” 1973 card for a guy who played on six teams in his eight-year career, pitcher Joe Grzenda of the St. Louis Cardinals:



Grzenda played the final 30 games of his career during the 1972 season, going 1-0 with a 5.66 earned run average over 35 innings.
For his career he pitched in 219 games, all but three of them out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers, KC Athletics, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Washington Senators and Cardinals.
He posted a 14-13 lifetime record with an ERA at 4.00 on the nose, with 173 strikeouts in 308 innings pitched.

5 comments:

  1. Love what you do here. Excellent work. One issue with this card though, the artwork in the bottom right corner is for a right-handed pitcher.

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    2. Thanks for the head's up!!!! Fixed it...

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  2. Interestingly, I checked the 1976 Topps set (which also uses similar logos for each position), and while they also distinguish between a left-handed and right-handed pitcher, they do not do the same for position players. For example, left-handed throwing Willie Stargell has a right-handed first baseman graphic on his card. Same with the outfielders. They are all represented by right-handed outfielders.

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    1. When the Sporting News would select an all-star at each position, they would pick one LH pitcher and 1 RH pitcher. They did not select 2 players at all the other positions.

      Nobody made the distinction of position players throwing left or right. Actually, for non-pitchers, their batting side is of more importance than their throwing side.

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