Wednesday, February 8, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 JUAN PIZARRO

Here’s a “missing” card for a guy who had a FEW missing spots during the decade, long-time Major League pitcher Juan Pizarro, who finished up the 1973 season with the Houston Astros:


Pizarro appeared in 17 games split between the Chicago Cubs and Astros, going 2-3 with a bloated 7.24 earned run average over 27.1 innings, all but one out of the bullpen.
He’d go on to appear in seven more games in his career, as a Pittsburgh Pirate in 1974, thus closing out a very respectable 18-year stint in the big leagues, finishing up with a 131-105 record along with a 3.43 ERA in 488 appearances, 245 of them starts.
His best seasons were back-to-back for the Chicago White Sox in 1963/64 when he won 16 and 19 games with ERA’s of 2.39 and 2.56 respectively, giving him his only two all-star berths.
Previously, I have also created missing 1970 and 1973 cards for him, and if I can find a decent enough image of him with the Pirates from 1974, I’ll whip up a “not really missing” ’74 edition as well.

4 comments:

  1. THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!!!! A favorite second to the 1972 Tony Conigliaro...

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  2. It IS a great card...think you can come up with "Not Quite Missing" Pirate card for Pizarro?

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  3. Nice one. Fits in with the other '74 Astros cards photographed at the same stadium (Candlestick?) that year.

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    1. It really does, I'm thinking Jim Crawford and Skip Jutze.

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