Today we have a “not so missing” 1970 card for veteran pitcher Danny Coombs, who appeared in only eight games for the Houston Astros in 1969:
Coombs posted a record of 0-1 with a 6,75 earned run average over eight
innings pitched, which was pretty much his usual season coming into the
seventh season under the Big League sun.
Between 1963 and 1969, Coombs appeared in a career-high 40 games in
1968, and 26 games in 1965, with every other season showing single-digit
appearance totals for the left-hander.
He would have his best season in the Majors in 1970, his first for the
San Diego Padres, when he posted a record of 10-14 over 35 appearances,
27 of them starts, with a nice 3.30 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
He’d only appear in 19 games for San Diego the following year, which
would turn out to be the last of his career, going 1-6 with a 6.24 ERA
over 57.2 innings, seven of those 19 appearances being starts.
After only 10 appearances in the Minors during the 1972 season for San
Diego, he’d call it a career and finish with a 19-27 record, with an ERA
of 4.08 over 144 appearances and 393 innings pitched.