Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1970 WADE BLASINGAME

Here’s a “missing” 1970 card for former pitcher Wade Blasingame, who appeared in 26 games for the Houston Astros in 1969:


In those 26 appearances, Blasingame posted a 0-5 record with a bloated 5.37 earned run average over 52 innings pitched.
He would finish up his ten-year career in 1972 split between Houston and the New York Yankees, ending up with a 46-51 record, with a 4.52 ERA and 512 strikeouts over 222 games, 128 of them starts, and 863.2 innings pitched.
His best season as a Major League pitcher was easily his 1965 campaign when he went 16-10 for the Milwaukee Braves in their final year before moving to Atlanta.
But he could never match those numbers, becoming an arm out of the bullpen except for the 1971 season the rest of his career.

5 comments:

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  2. This 1970 "missing" card looks very much like his 1971 real one.

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  3. Ugh, same photo isn't it? Damn I missed that...Oh well, fits in with some of Topps practices then doesn't it? (Larry Hisle, Mickey Rivers, etc)

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  4. Topps certainly was no stranger to "same photo different year" in the late '60s.

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  5. Can we ever look at another Wade Blasingame card the same way after this?

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmlyal7l791qex5j1o1_500.png

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