Tuesday, May 30, 2017

MISSING IN ACTION- 1977 OSCAR ZAMORA

Here’s a “missing” 1977 card for former Cuban pitcher Oscar Zamora, who just wrapped up his third season with the Chicago Cubs:


Zamora appeared in 40 games for the Cubs, posting a 5-3 record with a 5.24 earned run average over 55 innings pitched.
He’d spend the 1977 season in the Minors, where he’d go 7-2 in 59 relief appearances with the Wichita Aeros in Triple-A before making it back to the Majors in 1978 as a member of the Houston Astros.
In that stint he wouldn’t factor in a decision over 10 appearances and 15 innings. Strangely, Topps would go and give him a card in the 1978 set in an airbrushed cap.
Go figure. You spend an entire year in the Minors and get a card the following year, but appear in 40 games in 1976 and get snubbed for the ‘77 set.
He’d spend four years in the Majors, ending up with a 13-14 career record with a 4.53 E.R.A over 158 games and 224.2 innings of work.

4 comments:

  1. I will never get that infamous image of his airbrushed '78 Astros card out of my head.

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  2. Some people don't realize that the 1977 Rick Jones and the 1978 Greg Minton cards came out so strikingly bad because they were not only airbrushed, but also utilized a primitive form of colorization. They were originally black and white photos.

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