Thursday, April 6, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 DAVE DOWNS

Here’s a “not really” missing 1973 card for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dave Downs, who appeared in his only Major League games during the 1972 season:


Downs pitched in a grand total of four games for the Phillies in 1972, all starts, going 1-1 with a shutout and very nice 2.74 earned run average over 23 innings.
I don’t know why he never made it back based on that performance, though I’m sure injury had something to do with it as he missed the 1973 season completely, even Minors, then followed that up with only six games in 1974 with Rocky Mountain of the Carolina League (A-Ball).
He would also miss the 1975 season, before playing out his final 11 pro games in 1976 with Spartanburg in A-Ball, going 1-6 with a bloated 9.39 ERA.

2 comments:

  1. Absolutely awesome!! This was my version 1976 A's Jim Perry card! Thank you so much! Yes, it was injury that did him in, a bad shoulder requiring surgery (likely a rotator cuff). He actually injured it in his 4th and final start in September '72. Otherwise, he was expected to make the '73 Phillies rotation with Carlton, Lonborg, Ken Brett, and Wayne Twitchell. His injury opened the door for Dick Ruthven and Larry Christenson. Younger brother Kelly Downs pitched in the majors for many seasons.

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  2. Reminds me of another one and done Phillie. Erskine Thomason. That would be quite the coup if you find a photo of him.

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