Today we go and give former Major league reliever Mark Littell a “not so missing” 1974 card, after he made his MLB debut in 1973 with eight appearances:
Littell started seven of those eight games, something that would change
as he would go on to play nine years in the Big Leagues, making his mark
as a steady relief pitcher.
He went 1-3 in his first taste of the Major leagues, with a 5.68 earned
run average in 38 innings of work before spending all of 1974 in the
In 1975 he was back and became a solid arm out of the bullpen for the
upstart Kansas City Royals, who were about to lead the American League
West for the better part of the next decade.
Sadly for him, Littell is most remembered as the pitcher who gave up one
of the most famous home runs in Post Season history when Chris
Chambliss sent the New York Yankees to the World Series with his
walk-off shot that barely cleared the wall in the fifth game of the 1976
American League Championship.
Nevertheless, by the time he retired after the 1982 season, he appeared
in 316 games and posted a record of 32-31 with a nice 3.32 ERA over 532
innings, with 56 saves playing for the Royals between 1973 and 1977 and
St. Louis Cardinals between 1978 and 1982.