Wednesday, May 15, 2019

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 JOE NOLAN

Here’s a 1973 “not so missing” card for former catcher Joe Nolan, who started his career with four games during the 1972 season before eventually getting his first Topps card years later in the 1978 set:


Nolan went 0-10 at the plate over that first taste of the Big Leagues, but he’d do a bit better than that over the course of what turned out to be a nice 11-year career spanning 1972 and 1985 as a catcher off the bench, mainly for the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles, with stints for the Mets and Cincinnati Reds.
By the time he retired after the 1985 season he finished with a .263 career average, with 382 hits over 1454 at-bats in 621 games.
He was also a member of the 1983 World Champion Orioles, contributing nicely with a .277 batting average while filling in behind the plate for Rick Dempsey.

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