Today we have a “not so missing” 1972 card for former San Diego Padres outfielder Rod Gaspar, just a few years removed from his time with the World Champion New York Mets of 1969:
Gaspar was sent to the Padres for pitcher Ron Herbel in October of 1970,
and appeared in 16 games for San Diego during the 1971 season, hitting
.118 with two hits over 17 at-bats while spending the bulk of the year
in their Minor League system.
Though playing pro ball through the 1976 season, Gaspar’s only other
taste of the Majors would be 33 games in 1974, batting .214 for the
Padres with three hits in 14 at-bats.
He’d finish his 4-year career with a .208 batting average along with 54
hits and 35 runs scored over 260 at-bats and 178 games, 118 of those
games as a rookie during that unexpected NY Mets run to their improbable
championship in 1969 when he hit .228 for the “Amazin’s”, with 49 hits
over 215 official at-bats while playing all three outfield positions.