Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The newest edition to the "1976 Project", as I like to refer to the series I am producing for "Reader Jim", is former pitcher Wayne Simpson, who I will admit played sparingly in 1975 for the Philadelphia Phillies, so Topps' omission of him in their set the following year is understood, but I felt was still a valid card to design.
Check out the card:

Simpson pitched in only seven games for the Phillies, five of them starts, totaling 30.2 innings of work. He posted a 1-0 record with a respectable 3.23 earned run average.
He missed the previous year after playing for the Kansas City Royals in 1973, and would actually miss all of 1976 before making a bit of a "comeback" with the California Angels in 1977 (see my 1978 "Missing in Action" card for him by clicking on his name on the right under "Labels").
Simpson came up with an absolute "BANG" in 1970, going 14-3 with a 3.02 E.R.A., two shutouts and 10 complete games in 24 starts with the Cincinnati Reds, finishing fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.
But arm injuries derailed his career, and he never reached those heights again before leaving the game after posting a 6-12 record for the Angels in 1977.
Normally I would not be designing a card for a guy who only appeared in seven games the previous year, but with "Reader Jim's" completist mission for the 1976 set, which happens to be my all-time favorite, I am always down to design more cards in the 1976 template. It's just a matter of finding the suitable images of the players themselves.


  1. As a child of the 70s, seeing all the Phillie players in the background with their stirrups and almost knee high pants, it seems so....I dunno - vogue. ;)

  2. As a kid Wayne Simpson was one of those Cincinnati sports enigmas much like Greg Cook for the Bengals. So difficult not to wonder what he could have been had he stayed healthy or had modern medicine available to him back then.

    He was also part of a really bad trade in Reds history. Due to their success in the mid-70's this trade is virtually unknown or never spoken of around here. He was dealt with Hal McRae to the KC Royals for pitcher Roger Nelson and outfielder Richie Scheinblum. McRae went on to be one of MLB's most productive hitters as a DH with the Royals. Scheinblum never amounted to anything that I can remember and may have left the Reds shortly thereafter.



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