Here’s a “missing” 1977 card for Gilberto (Gil) Rondon, pitcher for the Houston Astros, who played the bulk of his brief Major League career in 1976 with 19 appearances:
Rondon made his debut during the bicentennial year, and went on to post a
2-2 record over those 19 games, with a 5.70 earned run average and 21
strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched.
Sadly for him that didn’t translate to a permanent spot on a Major
League roster, and he’d spend the next two seasons in the minors for
both the Houston and New York Yankee organizations before making it back
up to the big leagues for four games with the Chicago White Sox in
Those four games, in which he posted no record along with a 3.72 ERA
would be the last at the Major League level, as he would find himself
playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system through 1981
before calling it a career.
All told he’d finish with a 2-2 record over 23 games, with a 5.40 ERA and 24 K’s in 63.1 innings of work.