Friday, June 16, 2017

NOT SO MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 DOUG HOWARD

Here’s a “not so missing” 1974 card for former outfielder Doug Howard of the California Angels, who appeared in eight games in 1973 after having his first taste of the big leagues the previous season:


Howard went 2-21 at the plate in 1973, which translates to an .095 average along with a run batted in and walk.
He’d play parts of five seasons in the Majors, coming up with California and also playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians.
All told he end up playing in 97 games in the big leagues, batting .212 with 46 hits in 217 at-bats over 97 games, with five doubles, a triple and a home run.
In 1977 he appears on an OPC card as a Toronto Blue Jay, having been traded in December of 1976. However he was released prior to the Jays inaugural season.

4 comments:

  1. Probably deserved a Topps card in '77 but then again, after his release, he never played again

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    1. I just saw your version of the '77 card, both cards are excellent!!

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  2. The actual 1974 Topps cards should have looked this good. Don't remember Howard, but like the looks of this card.

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  3. Great looking card. Love the Angels logo patch on the hat, which I think was occasionally done for some teams in spring training I assume to save on costs (cheaper and easier to sew on a logo patch than embroider it on).

    I remember going to one of my first games at Shea Stadium in spring 1977. The only Met caps you could buy at the stadium all had this similar look with an interlocking "NY" patch sewn on, rather than the official one worn by the players. Even as a 7-year old I thought it was so cheap looking!

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