Thursday, July 6, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 LARRY GOWELL

Here’s a “not so missing” 1973 card for a New York Yankee pitcher who put in a grand total of two Major League games during his brief career, Larry Gowell:


Gowell’s sum total of two appearances in a Major League uniform came on September 21st and October 4th of 1972, pitching seven innings and allowing just one run for a sparkling 1.29 earned run average, though he did go 0-1.
A Yankees fourth round pick in 1967, he spent his entire eight-year pro career in their system, posting a few nice seasons in the Minors, with win total of 18, 15 and 14 in 1969, 1971 and 1972.
He would pitch through the 1974 season before leaving pro-ball for good, with a great 2.88 career pro E.R.A., 78 wins and 19 shutouts over 192 Minor League games.

6 comments:

  1. According to fritzpetersondotorg.wordpress.com, good old Larry was the last American League pitcher to get a hit before the Designated Hitter rule went into effect. He singled in the last game of 1972 and the DH went into effect in April of 1973. Larry’s bat now has a place at Cooperstown.

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  2. Great card, fits right in with the Yankees cards of that year. I'm surprised he never really got a shot in the majors, he put up strong AAA numbers. So the Yankees have the last pitcher to get a hit before the DH and the first ever DH in '73 with Ron Blomberg?

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    1. I was a Seventh Day Adventist and once they could see I was not switching religions it became impossible to make it back up. I had the number with a 2.88 ERA overall.

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  3. http://m.ebay.com/itm/141038964543?_mwBanner=1

    Here's an alleged photo from that night

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    1. It was the best time of my life. It is cool that Ron Blomberg became the lst batter up as DH and I was the last pitcher to get a hit before the DH and we were also roommates. The image being used above is not the actual picture being used for my newly released baseball card. The image I am using was taken by Topps back in 1970 and I purchased it from them and made up my own card with them. You can view it by going on e-bay and putting in my name. The card will pop up with the back too and you can see all my records.

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    2. Thanks so much for the input!!! Wow this was a great surprise! All the best to you!
      Gio/wthballs

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