Saturday, May 6, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 HERB WASHINGTON

“ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE!”
Someone suggested to me that I should try my hand at a 1976 Herb Washington “Career-Capping” card, particularly with regards to the position player at bottom left.
Well this is what I came up with:
I took the base-runner from the shortstop illustration, took out the fielder, and filled-in the base runner, and here you go, a “designated runner” card for the man who stole 31 career bases, scored 33 runs, yet never played an out in the field nor had a Major League plate appearance.
Something you will never see again!
All told, Washington appeared in 105 MLB games between 1974 and 1975, stealing 31 bases out of 48 tries, while scoring those aforementioned 33 runs for the powerhouse Oakland A’s team.
A unique experiment that only those wild-70’s could have given us!

5 comments:

  1. Yes, Charlie Finley had other crazy ideas too. Like starting a road game without a 2nd baseman in the lineup.

    A DH-type batter would bat in the top first inning, then weak-hitting 2nd baseman Dick Green would replace him in the lineup in the bottom of the first inning (and probably not come to the plate for another inning or 2). Sort of like a pinch-hitter in advance!

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    1. Yeah they used Matt Alexander sometimes in this capacity, at least in 1977. He'd lead off the game - and for example, be listed as "shortstop" - then be replaced by an actual shortstop in the field in the bottom of the inning. Pretty wild.

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  2. Nice job on the position designator! Talking about Finley - when I worked on my 1978 project, I read through all the sporting news issues from 1978 - Finley may not have gotten the national media attention that Steinbrenner did, but for my money he was a more meddlesome, arrogant, egotistical owner than his counterpart in the Bronx. Some of the things he did - like asking for headsets so he could communicate and pass instructions to Winkles/McKeon DURING the game would have made King George blush.

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    1. and add to it, cheap - which is something you could never say about Steinbrenner.

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  3. This one is awesome. Herb is a true baseball oddity and one of the reasons the game is so great. Well done!

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