Monday, September 21, 2020

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 JIM FRENCH

Up on the blog today to start the new work week, a 1972 career-capping “not so missing” card for former catcher Jim French, who played the last of his Big League games in 1971 with the Washington Senators:


Now, yes he was never an official member of the Texas Rangers, and was released by Washington at the end of the 1971 season, but hey, I figured with this unique situation where a player finished his career while his team became another franchise during the immediate off-season, why not make up a card like this?
French played the entirety of his seven-year Major League career with the Senators, beginning in 1965 through the 1971 season when he only appeared in 14 games, hitting .146 with six hits in 41 at-bats over that limited rolse.
Never a full-time player, the most action he ever saw in one season was 69 games in 1970, with 63 games the season prior.
It seems he retired from professional ball as he has no Minor League play after 1971, thus finishing his career with a .196 batting average with 119 hits in 607 at-bats, spread out over 234 games, with five home runs, 53 runs scored and 51 runs batted in.


 

5 comments:

  1. Oh, it's another one of those forgettable high-number cards from the '72 set. Seriously, though, did you airbrush out the Senator's logo off his helmet yourself?

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  2. Jim has a ranch in Colorado and became a securities lawyer after his playing career.

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  3. His hometown of Andover, Ohio is about 25 miles north of me.

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  4. Very nice rendition of the Senators/Rangers card! I guess Jim decided to make more money in finance and law as opposed to being paid relative peanuts as a backup catcher for a last place team.

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