Monday, June 24, 2019

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1978 STAN WALL

Here’s a 1978 “not so missing” card for former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Stan Wall, who played the last of his three-year Big League career during the 1977 season:


Wall, who spent all nine professional seasons of his career in the Dodgers organization, appeared in 25 games for the Dodgers in 1977, going 2-3 with an earned run average of 5.34, all out of the bullpen.
The previous year saw him appear in 31 games, going 2-2 with an ERA of 3.60, throwing a career high 50 innings while also picking up a save.
In 1975 he had the first taste of the Majors, getting into 10 games for the reigning National League champs, going 0-1 with a nice 1.69 ERA over 16 innings at the age of 24.
From what I can gather, it seems those last appearances during the 1977 season were the last of his Pro career, never even appearing in another Minor League game after that.
Trying to find out why but can’t seem to find anything.
Anyone know?
Nevertheless, Wall finished up his MLB career with a record of 4-6 over 66 appearances, with an ERA of 3.86 over 98 innings pitched, all in relief.

4 comments:

  1. Nice card...I sometimes get lucky with some of these challenges, but totally struck out this time. There is nothing on his life after baseball.

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  2. Stan is on Facebook and living in his hometown of Raytown, Missouri.

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  3. I remember around 1981-82, I was a kid reading Baseball Digest. There was an article about Tommy John and the then-innovative surgery that is ubiquitous today. I remember seeing Stan Wall's name in the article, and how elbow trouble had ended his career.
    (I'm going off of preteen memories here, so I could be mistaken.)
    If this was the case, it would explain his sudden disappearance from the scene. If TJS had been more advanced, who knows how many careers would have been saved?

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  4. nicely done! if i recall correctly, his sister contacted me back when i posted my 1978 custom of wall. i should have asked her for the story on his career coming to an end. perhaps she will reach out to you if she sees this post.

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