Monday, November 28, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 BUZZ CAPRA

Though he would go on to have his finest season in a Major League uniform in 1974 as a member of the Atlanta Braves, I am posting a “missing” card for Buzz Capra for that year as a New York Met, for whom he suited up the previous season:


Capra was purchased by the Braves from the Mets in March of 1974, so I don’t think Topps would have had him on his upcoming team in time for printing.
Capra appeared in 24 games for the “Ya Gotta Believe” Mets of 1973, all out of the bullpen, as he posted a 2-7 record with a 3.86 earned run average.
But once in Atlanta in 1974 he was in a groove, as he went on to lead the National League in ERA with a sparkling 2.28 along with a 16-8 record over 39 games, 27 of which were starts.

2 comments:

  1. I like both of your Capra cards ('73 and '74). Considering some of the guys they gave cards to in those years, Capra should have been in both sets.

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  2. Buzz was involved in that crazy post-Pete Rose/Bud Harrelson scrap when Pedro Borbon ran in from the Reds bullpen after things had calmed down only to reignite things by socking Capra! Pedro Borbon's son told me that Borbon got to the fight late and Capra yelled to him, "You're late," to which Pedro said, "No I'm not," and proceeded to punch Capra!

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