The next player getting a “missing” 1972 In-Action card is Cincinnati Reds pitcher Don Gullett, who was coming into his own at this time before injuries derailed a great career:
Gullett was coming off of a 1971 season that saw him go 16-6, leading
the National League with his .727 winning percentage, while also posting
a very nice 2.65 earned run average over 35 games, 31 of which were
This would pretty much be the norm for him, as he would go on to post
excellent winning percentages, although surely aided by the fact that he
played for very good teams during his shortened nine-year career.
A member of the Cincinnati “big Red Machine” champions of 1975 and 1976,
he then moved on to sign with the New York Yankees, going 18-6 in his
two season with the champion “Bronx Zoo” teams in 1977 and 1978 before
arm injuries ended his career at the very young age of 27.
In those nine seasons Gullett was a dependable winner, finishing 109-50
for a spectacular .686 winning percentage along with a nice 3.11 ERA.
It’s amazing to think that Gullett was a member of six World Series teams in nine years before retiring.