Tuesday, November 17, 2020

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 JIM ROOKER

On the blog today we have a “borderline” missing 1973 card for former pitcher Jim Rooker, who I feel had enough playing time in 1972 to warrant a card the following year:


Rooker appeared in 18 games for the Kansas City Royals, pitching 72 innings and posting a record of 5-6 with an ERA of 4.38.
Considering some of the other players who got cards in the 1973 set, I figure Rooker could have easily gotten one as well.
Anyway, in 1973 he would find himself now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the change of scenery would be beneficial, as he’d post a record of 10-6 with a very nice 2.85 ERA over 41 appearances and 170.1 innings, with three shutouts and five saves.
He would go on to post another four straight seasons of double-digit wins for the Pirates, including career-bests 15 in both 1974 and 1976, with three seasons of sub-3.00 ERAs.
By the time he retired after the 1980 season, all with Pittsburgh, he finished with a career record of 103-109, with a nice 3.46 ERA over 319 appearances and 1810.1 innings pitched, along with 15 shutouts and seven saves between 1968 and 1980.


 

11 comments:

  1. Definitely deserved a 1973 card.

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  2. I collect Jim Rooker and I didn't even realize he didn't have a '73 card.

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  3. "Having enough playing time" in 1972 was not Topps' criteria. He did not pitch in the majors for the 2nd half of 1972, which is no doubt why he didn't get a card in 1973. (Only Tommie Aaron seemed exempt from that guideline. LOL 😆)

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