Thursday, March 9, 2017


Let’s go and give former Boston Red Sox pitcher Don Newhauser a “missing” 1973 card shall we?:

This would have been his rookie card had Topps saw it fit to place him into the set after appearing in 31 games for the Red Sox, ending up with a 4-2 record and a very nice 2.43 earned run average over 37 innings of relief work.
Oddly enough, he would get his rookie card the following year in the 1974 set after appearing in only NINE games and 12 innings during the 1973 campaign.
Go figure.
Sadly for Newhauser he’d only see even less work in 1974, appearing in only two games for Boston, getting hit hard in 3.2 innings, those being the last innings he’d pitch in his Major League career.
All told he would end up with a 4-3 record with a 2.39 ERA over 42 lifetime appearances and 52.2 innings pitched on the big league level.


  1. Your description of Don's stats intrigued me enough to go check them out. Not sure what happened because Don was pretty solid in the majors AND minors from 1972 thru 1974 (his 4 ER in 2 MLB games in 1974 not withstanding). I guess he just could not win a spot in the bullpen for the 1975 Pennant-winning Sox (he ended up pitching 66 games at AAA Pawtucket [mixed results] that year before moving on to the Pirates organization for his last pro season in 1976).

  2. Great card! One would think that his promising performance in '72 would guarantee him a card for '73, even in the late series (But at least the immortal Ken Geddes had a card). Also, it appeared that Topps was very confused about the Red Sox cards of 1972-74 with guys like Newhauser, Juan Beniquez, Rick Miller (no card in '73), Ben Oglivie (no card in '74), just to name a few.



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