Here’s a “not so missing” 1979 for former Chicago Cubs player Ed Putman, who could play the infield while also spotting you behind the plate:
Putman, who you may remember from the 1980 Topps set while a member of
the Detroit Tigers, appeared in 17 games for the Cubs during the 1978
He hit .200 with five hits over 25 at-bats, driving in three while
scoring two himself, while playing third, first and catcher out in the
Originally up for five games in 1976 with Chicago, he’d go on to play in
21 games with the Tigers in 1979, which turned out to be the last
action he saw on a Major League field.
He finished his brief three-year Big League career with a .239 average,
collecting 17 hits over 71 at-bats in 43 games, suiting up for the Cubs
and Tigers between 1976 and 1979.