Found this great action shot of fellow-Brooklynite Rico Petrocelli and I figured it would make a great “missing” 1972 In-Action card:
At this time in his career Petrocelli was THE power-hitting shortstop in
the Majors, slamming 40 homers in 1970 and 29 in 1971 while averaging
100 runs batted in for the Red Sox.
In 1972 he’d go on to hit another 28 round-trippers while driving in 89
along with 91 base on balls with 82 runs scored with a .251 average.
But those three seasons would be the high marks as far as slugging,
though he would remain a productive hitter the rest of his career which
lasted through the 1976 season.
In all, Petrocelli played 13-years of Major League ball, all with the
Red Sox, hitting 210 home runs with 773 RBI’s, 653 runs scored and 1352
hits, good for a .251 average over 5390 at-bats in 1553 games.