Monday, July 10, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 BILL LAXTON

Here’s a “not so missing” 1972 card for pitcher Bill Laxton of the San Diego Padres, who would actually get his 1st (and only) card years later in the 1977 set as a member of the inaugural Seattle Mariners team:


Laxton had his first taste of the Major Leagues in 1970, appearing in two games of relief work before coming back in 1971 and appearing in 18 games for the Padres, pitching 27.2 innings and collecting two-losses against no wins, with an earned run average at 6.83.
Sadly for him he’d spend the next two seasons in the Minors before making it back in 1974, playing 30 games, all but one out of the bullpen, going 0-1 with a 4.03 E.R.A.
Again, he’d spend the following year in the Minors before making it back, this time with the Detroit Tigers where he’d go 0-5 with a 4.09 E.R.A., getting three starts while picking up a couple of saves over 26 games and 94.2 innings pitched, his career high.
In 1977, which would be his last taste of the big leagues, Laxton would split the year with the new Seattle Mariner team and the Cleveland Indians, for whom he’d play the final two games of his career, going a combined 3-2 with a 4.96 E.R.A. over 45 games and 74.1 innings pitched, leaving him with a career record of 3-10 with a 4.73 E.R.A., with five saves over 121 games and 243.1 innings pitched.

4 comments:

  1. Great card! Actually, he probably deserved a card in '72 since he lasted whole season with the Padres in '71 as a Rule-5 pick. He probably also deserves cards in '75 and '77. Would love to see him in a "Not Really Missing" with the Phillies in '71 as he pitched two games with them in '70.

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    1. Correction, he had a card in '77 as a Mariner, he deserved one in '78.

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  2. Nice card (reminds me of the '72 Mike Corkins card.

    Laxton was one of the 2 minor-league pitchers the Phillies received (along with Woodie Fryman and Don Money) in the December 1967 Jim Bunning trade.

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    1. That's right...it allowed Laxton to temporarily be the "Local Boy Makes Good" for the Phillies since he is from nearby Audubon, NJ. His son Brett also pitched in the bigs.

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