Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 JOHN VUKOVICH

Here’s a “missing” 1972 card for a guy that saw enough action during the 1971 season that I had to double-check to see if I had it wrong that he was left out of the ‘72 set, John Vuckovich:


Vukovich played in 74 games for the Philadelphia Phillies that year, hitting .166 with 36 hits in 217 at-bats.
Brutal numbers there, for sure, but man when you think about some of the guys that DID get a card in the ‘72 set, it leaves you scratching your head, no?
Granted, turns out he wouldn’t even play in the Majors during the 1972 season, but he will make it back in 1973, now as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, before moving on to the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and back to the Phillies for the final five seasons of his 10-year career.
All told he’d finish up with a .161 career average with 90 hits in 559 at-bats while playing all infield positions while playing for two World Champs (1975 Reds and 1980 Phillies), though he didn’t get into Post Season action himself.
He would also get two brief stints as manager, two games heading the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and nine games in 1988 with the Phillies.

6 comments:

  1. While it's true that John played for the 1975 World Champ Reds, he was not with the team for the post-season run as he was traded to the Phillies in August where he apparently spent the rest of the year in the minors. He was on the 1980 Phillies post-season active roster but never got called upon...bummer.

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  2. He had a long tenure as a coach in the Phillies organization, a Philadelphia baseball institution.

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  3. Nice! I've been waiting 45 years for this card. :)

    Topps only had 5 Phillies' infielders in their '72 set: Johnson, Doyle, Bowa, Money, & Harmon.

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    1. I totally agree, a great card! If I'm not mistaken, TOPPS considered Greg Luzinski a first baseman in the '72 set. We all know that Bull never made it at 1st base. As for Vuke, no card in '72 despite over 200 at bats; he got a card in '73 (as a Brewer) although he was in the minors for all of the '72 season. Weird.

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    2. You are correct about Luzinski's card Chris.

      I wouldn't say Luzinski "never made it" at 1st base. The team already had slugger Deron Johnson there, so they found a spot for The Bull in left field.

      Vuke also had a 1980 Topps card as a Phillie (in the local Burger King set).

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  4. As I recall, Vuke was the Reds' starting 3rd baseman when the decision was made to move Pete Rose in from the outfield. I think it was to get George Foster into the lineup. Smart move!

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