Friday, August 26, 2016


Here’s a “missing” 1974 card for former pitcher Wayne Simpson, who burst on to the Major League scene in 1970 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, but because of injuries never found that initial success later on:

Four years removed from his fantastic rookie year, Simpson found himself in Kansas City, trying to hang on and pitch through injuries that derailed his career, one that saw him go 14-3 with a 3.02 earned run average and league-leading .824 winning percentage as a member of the pennant winning Reds team in 1970.
For the Royals in 1973 he would go 3-4, with a 5.73 ERA over 16 appearances, 10 of which were starts, with a complete game and 29 K’s over 59.2 innings.
Sadly for him, he would only pitch a handful of games in 1975 for the Phillies, then make somewhat of a comeback in 1977 with the California Angels, which saw him go 6-12 with a 5.83 ERA over 27 games, 23 as a starter.
But that would be it for him, and at the age of 28 he would never see Major League action again.
His 1970 season was one of those rookie splashes up there with Von McDaniel, Mark Fidrych and Herb Score, enough so that he would still be a figure baseball magazines would write about years later as far as a young arm making an immediate impact.
Sadly like so many of those other young studs, it was something that they couldn’t maintain through no fault of their own.


  1. It's a shame he didn't have the benefit of today's medical technology.

  2. Also, his 1973 airbrush job is awful. But to their credit, topps even added the Kansas City script on the jersey.

  3. Wayne ended his career with former Big Red Machine sore-armed teammate Gary Nolan, who also made the Angels of '77 his final pit stop. Nolan, like Simpson, missed considerable time with arm ailments. Sparky Anderson changed his philosophy of how long to leave starting pitchers in the games because of their arm woes...and thus gave birth to his nickname (Captain Hook) and the still-used methodology of using your bullpen.

  4. Great anecdote RAJ! Love this card!!!



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