Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION WHILE COACHING: 1974 DON McMAHON

Here’s a “missing” card with an interesting twist: a Don McMahon player card even though he split duties as player AND coach for the San Francisco Giants during the 1973 season:


The veteran relief pitcher (and fellow Brooklyn native) lent his experience as a 17-year veteran of the big leagues to the Giants pitching staff, while ALSO going 4-0 with a sparkling 1.48 earned run average in 22 games and 30.1 innings as a 43 year old!
Now how is THAT for showing the youngsters how to do it?!
McMahon put together a grossly underrated 18-year career that saw him appear in 874 games between 1957 and 1974, posting a 90-68 record with a brilliant 2.96 ERA with 152 saves over 1310.2 innings of work.
Year in and year out the man did his job and did it well, suiting up for seven different organizations split between both leagues.

6 comments:

  1. Love the card. Have a an all PC of McMahon. This would be a great addition

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  2. Awesome card. Looks like it was ripped right out of a pack of '74 cards. BTW, is that Dave Kingman in the background at first base?

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  3. Wow. Now you gotta do a 1973 version...

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    1. http://whentoppshadballs.blogspot.com/2014/07/missing-in-action-1973-don-mcmahon.html

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  4. Great card! Don was represented in the 1974 Topps set as one of the Giants' coaches on manager Charlie Fox's card. This one is much better.

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  5. 43 years old? That could be me!

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