Let’s give one time 20-game winner and hard-luck pitcher Chris Short a “missing” final “Career-Capping” 1974 Topps card shall we?
Short appeared in the last 42 games of his career during the 1973 season
with the Milwaukee Brewers after 14-years as a Phillies pitcher.
In ‘73 he’d go 3-5 with a 5.13 earned run average and 44 K’s over 72 innings in those 42 appearances.
Once the #2 gun for the Phillies after future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning,
Short won 20-games in 1966, 19 in 1968, 18 in 1965 and 17 in 1964.
That 1964 season was a heartbreaker for the Phillies and their fans, as
they blew what seemed to be a lead they could not lose, which would have
given them a World Series appearance against the New York Yankees.
With Bunning and Short alternating pitching duties down the stretch, it
was enough to hold-off the Cardinals who’d end up taking the National
League pennant as well as the World Series, defeating the Bronx Bombers.
Short posted some excellent seasons during the 1960’s, five times
posting ERA’s under 3.00, with two seasons of 200+ strikeouts, including
a career high of 237 during the 1965 season, while being named to two
However after the 1968 season, injuries derailed his career, and he
would go on to win only 20 games in the final five years of his Major
When his career was over, he ended with a 135-132 record, with a 3.43
ERA and 1629 strikeouts and 24 shutouts over 501 games, 308 of them
which were starts.
Sadly his life post-baseball was rough, filled with hard times, and he
passed away at the young age of 53 because of an aneurysm he suffered a
few years before which left him in a coma. Sad.