Let’s go and give “Scrap Iron” Phil Garner a “not so missing” 1974 card based on his MLB debut of nine games during the 1973 season:
Garner got his first taste of the Big Leagues with nine games, getting
five plate appearances without a hit along with three strikeouts.
Nevertheless, he would go on to a very nice 16-year career as a player,
along with another eight as a manager during the 1990’s and 2000’s, even
guiding the Houston Astros to a National League Pennant in 2005 when
they eventually lost to the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.
As a player, he was a part of the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates
team, as well as a member of the 1973 and 1974 World Champ Oakland A’s,
though not a cog or even a regular by any means.
By the time he retired after the 1988 season, the three-time All-Star
finished with a career .260 average, with 1594 hits over 6136 at-bats
and 1860 games.