Tuesday, December 22, 2020


On the blog today we have a career-capping "not so missing" 1975 card for former first baseman Gonzalo Marquez, who played in what turned out to be his last Major League games during the 1974 season with the Chicago Cubs:


Originally up to the Big Leagues in 1972 with the eventual World Champion Oakland A's, Marquez appeared in 11 games fore the Cubs in 1975, going 0-11 at the plate with a run scored.

Never a full-time player, his best season was his rookie year when he hit .381 over 23 games as a 32-year-old, with eight hits in 21 at-bats with two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Post-MLB, he did stick around pro-ball and play in the Mexican League through the 1979 season, though I can't dig up any stats.
Overall for this MLB career, Marquez finished with a .235 batting average, with 27 hits in 115 at-bats in 76 games for the A's and Cubs.


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  2. Nice card...it's a shame that Dr. Emu could not help Gonzalo get a hit in his '74 season with the Cubs.

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  4. Chris T. ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!! He had a fantastic post season for the Oakland A's in 1972.

  5. This is another great addition!!

  6. For 1 week on 1973, to minimize 2nd baseman Dick Green's at-bats, the A's tried this experiment:

    Since the A's were the visiting team, another batter (sometimes Gonzalo Marquez) took Green's place was in the lineup (as the "2nd baseman") and bat in the 1st inning. Then Green entered the game in the bottom of the 1st. This way, the A's went the first time through the batting order without Green.

    1. I guess that was a precursor to the whole Mike Andrews thing that year.

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