Here’s a “not so missing” 1975 card for a player who made one appearance in 1974, a complete game Major League debut for 22-year-old pitcher Steve Barr:
Barr made that one start count in his big league debut, scattering seven
hits over nine-innings with six walks and three strikeouts, allowing
four runs while gaining the victory.
Not a bad start to a career!
The following season he’d only appear in three games however, starting
two of them and finishing up with an 0-1 record with a very nice 2.57
earned run average over seven innings.
In 1976, which would be his last in the big leagues, Barr found himself
with the Texas Rangers, appearing in 20 games, with half of them starts,
ending up with a 2-6 record with a 5.59 ERA in 67.2 innings, with three
complete games thrown in.
It would even get him a spot on one of the multi-player rookie cards in
the 1976 set, airbrushed into a Texas cap to keep him “current”.
But he would never see another Major League game again, finishing up his
career with a 3-7 record along with a 5.16 ERA in 24 appearances and
83.2 innings pitched.