Here’s a “missing” 1974 card for former pitcher Ed Sprague (Sr.), father of future MLB player Ed Sprague Jr.:
Sprague the Senior put in an eight year career that actually saw him
left out of a few Topps sets, which I hope to fix in the future.
In 1973 he appeared in 43 games split between three teams: the
Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and lastly the Milwaukee Brewers.
Over those three stints he compiled a 1-4 record with a 5.43 earned run average with two saves in 56.1 innings of work.
He would go on to have a very nice 1974 season in Milwaukee, posting a
7-2 record with a 2.39 earned run average in 20 games and 94 innings,
easily the best year of his career.
He’d spend the rest of his career with the Brewers, finishing up after
the 1976 season with a career 17-23 record, with a 3.84 ERA in 198 games
and 408 innings pitched.