Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 LEO CARDENAS

Here’s a missing 1974 card for long-time Major League shortstop Leo Cardenas, who put in a very nice 16-year career between 1960 and 1975:


Cardenas put in almost half a season with the Cleveland Indians in his only season there after a three-year stint in Minnesota.
For the season he batted .215 with 42 hits over 195 at-bats, the first time since 1962 he didn’t play a full year.
A five-time all-star and Gold Glove winner in 1965, Cardenas came up with the Cincinnati Reds and played through the 1968 season before moving on to the Twins for their playoff bound 1969 season, where he would play for the next three years.
After his Cleveland cameo he would move on to the Texas Rangers for the final two seasons, retiring in 1975 after playing in 1941 games with 1725 hits in 6707 at-bats, good for a lifetime .257 average.

2 comments:

  1. It's funny how these customs can hit you... I remember Cardenas' cards from 1973, 1975 and 1976 well, yet I never realized he was MIA in 1974. Great job!

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  2. I thought he was missing in '73 until I found his Angels card. He is also the first player to have an airbrushed action shot ('72), which actually is not that bad.

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