Today on the blog I have a “not so missing” 1974 card for Designated Hitter Don Castle, who appeared in only four games during the 1973 season, the only Major League games he’d play in for his career, though he had a productive eleven year career in the Minors between 1968 and 1978:
In those four appearances Castle hit .308 with four hits over 13
at-bats, with a double and two runs batted in for the Texas Rangers as a
This was after toiling in the Rangers’ system for six years, finally getting that break and making a very nice first impression.
Sadly for him however, he never got that chance again and I’ve always
wondered why considering he went on to have another five good seasons in
the Minors through the 1978 season.
In 1974, still with Texas, he hit .256 with 17 homers and 72 runs batted
in before finding himself with the New York Yankees, where he played in
their system for the final four years of his pro career.
While in the Yankees system he put up some nice numbers, hitting as many
as 24 homers with 78 RBIs (1977), and hitting as high as .279, which
happened to be his last season as a pro in 1978.
Strange that no one could have used his bat somewhere in that time,
especially in the offensive “dead era” of the mid-70’s in the American