Thursday, September 7, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 SAM EWING

Here’s a “not missing” 1974 de-facto rookie card for Same Ewing, future member of the inaugural Toronto Blue Jays of 1977, who got his first taste of the big leagues in 1973 with the Chicago White Sox:


Ewing appeared in 11 games for Chicago during the 1973 season, batting .150 with three hits over 20 at-bats, while playing first base.
He’d be stuck in the minors the next couple of seasons, putting up nice numbers before getting called up again in 1976 after hitting a very nice .351 for the White Sox Triple-A team Iowa Oaks.
In November of 1976, he’d be selected by the Toronto Blue Jays as the 57th pick of the expansion draft, and he’d have a nice year for the new organization, batting .287 with 34 runs batted in over 97 games in their first year as a Major League club.
However, after hitting only .179 in 1978, he’d find himself in the Minors again, before playing in Japan during the 1979 season for the Nippon Ham Fighters, hitting 15 homers while batting .286.
That production got him back with the White Sox organization in 1980 playing for Iowa, but he never got the chance to appear in another Major League game, finishing up with a .255 batting average with 92 hits over 361 at-bats in 167 games.

4 comments:

  1. These are so great - you could put this next to any spring training shot in the '74 set and you would never know this is not a Topps issue from 1974. FANTASTIC!!

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  2. Agreed, another great card...it's weird not seeing him in a Blue Jays uniform. Would love to see him in one of those 1976 White Sox uniforms.

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  3. I know their name is Nippon Ham FIGHTERS but wouldn't it be better if they were call the Nippon HAM FIGHTERS??? That's if more fun!!!

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