Friday, November 9, 2018

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1974 DON CASTLE

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 September call-up.
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 League.

4 comments:

  1. Nice card, Don was actually considered a first-round bust by the Rangers organization, as in this article: https://www.shutdowninning.com/worst-first-round-picks-7/

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  2. Wow. I had never heard of him before. Absolutely fantastic card!

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  3. Never heard of him either. GROOOVY handlebar.

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