Saturday, March 11, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1977 BILLY BALDWIN

Here’s a “not so missing” 1977 card for brief New York Mets outfielder Billy Baldwin, a player for whom I already created a 1976 “missing” card as a member of the Detroit Tigers a while back:


After a bit more than a “cup-of-coffee” with the Tigers during the 1975 season, where he appeared in 30 games in his first taste of the big leagues, Baldwin found himself in Queens, NY as a member of the Mets, where he’d get into a scant nine games, batting .273 with six hits over 22 at-bats.
Turns out those two seasons would be the only action he’d get to experience in the Majors, closing out a brief career with a .231 batting average with 27 hits in 117 at-bats with 10 extra base hits.
He’d hang on and play a couple more seasons in the minor leagues, for both the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, before playing in the Mexican League in 1980 for Tabasco, before closing out an eight-year pro career.

6 comments:

  1. Nice card! Where in the world do you get a signature from a guy like this?

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    1. Believe it or not because of collectors you can find signatures of almost ALL players no matter how brief a career. Google anyone as a test. Amazing!

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  2. As a Mets fan going back to 1974, I'm sure I missed having Billy Baldwin on cardboard at the time. Nice custom!

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  3. For some reason, as a kid and a Mets fan, I thought Billy Baldwin was going to be great since we traded Rusty Staub to get him. I was always fascinated with him and later on, when I started collecting autographs, always tried to get his and never was able to track him down. He passed away a few years ago and is one of the few I have never been able to get.

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  4. Those Baldwin brothers never stop amazing. First they conquered Hollywood. Now they're moving into baseball too!

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  5. The best actor of all The Baldwin Brothers.

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