Here was a fun card to create, a 1971 “not so missing” card for former pitcher Bill Laxton, who would have to wait until the 1977 Topps set to see his mug on a card:
Laxton had his first taste of the Big Leagues during the 1970 season as a
member of the Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he’d appear in two games
for, not factoring in a decision with a bloated 13.50 earned run average
over two innings pitched.
He’d appear in 18 games for the San Diego padres in 1971, going 0-2,
before playing in the Minors through the 1973 season, finally getting
back to the Majors in 1974 with 30 appearances, posting a record of 0-1
with an ERA at 4.03 in 44.2 innings.
He’d spend all of 1975 in the Minors again before appearing in 26 games
for the Detroit Tigers in 1976, going 0-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 94.2
That Winter, he’d be selected by the new Seattle Mariners franchise as
the 50th pick in the expansion draft, which would finally give him a
Topps card, a 70’s style airbrush jammie that left a lot to be desired.
Nevertheless, Laxton had himself a card, and would go on to post a
record of 3-2 over 43 games before getting traded to the Cleveland
Indians in September for catcher Ray Fosse.
In what turned out to be the last Big League action he’d see, Laxton
appeared in two games for Cleveland in that last month of the 1977
season, throwing 1.2 innings to a 0-0 record and 5.40 ERA, closing out
his time in the Majors.
All told, he finished with a record of 3-10 along with an ERA at 4.73 over 121 appearances and 243.1 innings of work.