Here’s a “missing” 1973 card for former Cleveland Indians pitcher Tom Hilgendorf, who put together a nice 1972 season for the Tribe yet didn’t get a slot in Topps’ set the following year:
For the ‘72 season Hilgendorf appeared in 19 games, five of which were
starts, while posting a 3-1 record with a nice 2.68 earned run average
over 47 innings pitched.
Those three wins would be the first of his career after starting off 0-4
while with ther St. Louis Cardinals in 1969/1970, and he would go on to
collect 16 more wins before his brief career was up after the 1975
season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
All told Hilgendorf finished with a 19-14 record, with a 3.04 ERA and
173 strikeouts in 184 appearances and 313.2 innings, with 14 saves
thrown in, very nice numbers for the short amount of time he had in the