Here’s a card for a guy who had a few “missing” cards during the 1970’s, and this one easily should have been his true rookie card after seeing more than enough action during the 1973 season, Gene Locklear and his 1974 card:
I’ve already created a 1977 card for him as a member of the New York
Yankees, and today’s card has him with the San Diego Padres, for whom he
ended up finishing the year with after coming up with the Cincinnati
All told Locklear played in 96 games in ’73, collecting 42 hits over 180
official at-bats for a .233 batting average while playing the outfield.
Funny enough his rookie card would end up being in the 1975 set after a
season that saw him appear in only 39 games with 74 at-bats, less than
half the action.
Go figure, but we have seen this before haven’t we?
Locklear would end up putting in five-years in the Major Leagues,
finishing up with the Yankees as mentioned before in 1977 in which he
appeared in a single game, yet went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a
run scored! That’s a heck of a final game!
He’d end up with a career .274 average based on his 163 hits in 595
at-bats in 292 games playing for the three teams mentioned above.