Here’s a “not so missing” 1978 card for former pitcher Dennis Lewallyn, who had an eight-year playing career that totaled only 34 games, evenly distributed between 1975 and 1982:
Lewallyn’s career is an odd one, in that he had “cups-of-coffee” eight
times! Never getting a chance to put in significant time in any one
season during his eight-year run.
His 1977 season for the National League champ Los Angeles Dodgers could
be considered his best, as he posted three of his four career wins when
he went 3-1 with a 4.24 earned run average over five appearances while
collecting his only MLB save.
He’d finish his playing career after the 1982 season, playing for the
Cleveland Indians, again appearing in only a handful of games in 1981
& 1982, seven and four respectively, going 4-4 with a 4.48 E.R.A.,
28 strikeouts and a save over 80.1 innings and 34 appearances.
He never pitched in more than seven games in any one season, while
appearing in only one in 1978, yet playing in every season nonetheless
between 1975 and 1982.
Does anyone remember another player who played in as many seasons consecutively, yet only appeared in so few as well?