Monday, August 28, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1975 BARRY LERSCH

Here’s a 1975 card for former pitcher Barry Lersch, who finished up a six-year Major League career with one single game in 1974 with the St. Louis Cardinals:


After playing the first five years of his big league career with the Philadelphia Phillies, Lersch took the mound for a single game on September 21st 1974, and it wasn’t pretty, as he gave up six earned runs on three hits and five walks in only 1.1 innings.
That adds up to an earned run average of 40.50, but he didn’t factor in a decision, ending his career with a record of 18-32 with a 3.82 E.R.A., 317 strikeouts and six saves over 169 appearances and 570.1 innings of work.

5 comments:

  1. I remember him from the 1974 Topps Traded set. One game as a Cardinal and here he is on a card. Absolutely love this stuff!!

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  2. Can't believe that you found a photo of him since he did not join the Cards until mid-September and pitched one game! Well-done! Lersch had some decent seasons for some terrible Phillies teams of the early 1970s.

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    1. But if he pitched like he posed for the photo, it's no wonder he got creamed in that one game for the Cardinals.

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  3. Just noticed The Mad Hungarian in the background (#39). :)

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  4. 1 game? Late-September? ERA over Forty? Now we know why Topps didn't bother with him in 1975!

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