Let’s go and give long-time catcher Rick Demspey a “not so missing” 1973 card to help fill-out his incredible 24-year run in the Majors:
Dempsey appeared in 25 games for the Minnesota Twins during the 1972
season, hitting an even .200 with eight hits over 40 at-bats.
It was already his fourth taste of the Big Leagues at just 22 years of
age, initially up during the 1969 season as a 19-year-old when he saw
action in five games.
Of course, we know know that he would go on to play in four decades,
playing 24 years between 1969 and 1992, mainly for the Baltimore
Orioles, as well as short stints with the New York Yankees, Twins, Los
Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers.
Never a full-time player, he was an important platooning or “off the
bench” catcher that would be a part of two World Championship teams
(1983 Orioles and 1988 Dodgers), even taking home the 1983 World Series
MVP when he hit .385 for Baltimore in their win over the Philadelphia
By the time he retired, he ended up with a career .233 average, with
1093 hits in 4692 at-bats over 1765 games, while also being a huge
jokester cracking fans up along the way.
I’ll always remember his rain-delay act with over-stuffed uniform as he
“slip and slid” across the tarp while with the Orioles some time during