Sunday, June 11, 2017


It’s been a while since we added to the long running “1976 Project”, but recently my buddy Jim sent me a nice photo of Jamie Quirk, who appeared on a multi-player rookie card in the ‘76 set, so we went and gave him his own dedicated card:

Quirk, who would eventually become mainly a catcher during his 18-year Major League career, originally saw action as an outfielder/third baseman during his 1st taste of the big leagues.
In 1975 he appeared in 14 games, batting .256 with 10 hits in 39 at-bats, while playing 10 games in the outfield with a couple over at third base.
Turns out he’d have three different stints with the Kansas City Royals, playing a combined 11-years for the organization, while also suiting up for seven other teams: Cardinals, Indians, Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and A’s between 1975 and 1992.
He finished his career with a .240 batting average, collecting 544 hits in 2266 at-bats over 984 games, while defensively playing every single position in the field but pitcher and center fielder.


  1. Alright! A dedicated rookie! This is one of my favorite features that you do. Have never liked the multiple player rookie cards since they started in 1962. Too many times, a rookie comes up and is immediately installed as a starter. If you are trying to collect the starting lineup, this is irritating. Look what Freddie Lynn did in 1975. Fortunately, there are virtual cards of Freddie now. Although Quirk was not a starter, it is good to see him on a dedicated card. Great job. Thanks

  2. Quirk has always been a favorite of mine - in fact, I collect all known cards I can get of 4 players: Rice, Evans, Wakefield (because I'm a Sox fan) and Jamie Quirk...the guy was a real ball player, a professional who kept going and contributing beyond a point where a lot of other guys would have hung it up. He was featured in a George Will article that appeared I think as a precursor to his Men at Work book in the 1990s. Also, how can you not love this little tidbit - purchased from the ChiSox by the Tribe on 9/24/84, he gets into a single game on the 27th, appears as a defensive replacement in the top of the 9th, gets up to bat in a 3-3 tie with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth, and hits a game-winning HR.

  3. I liked how he went from a prospect who struggled with the Brewers in '77 but still fought to have a long, respectable career as the quintessential utility player. Many other guys would have hung it up while Quirk had years of a six figure salary and a major league pension.



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