Tuesday, January 19, 2021


On the blog today we have a "not so missing" 1974 card for pitcher Andy Hassler, who was still struggling to hang on to what ended up being a nice 14-year career that ended after the 1985 season:

Hassler appeared in seven games in his second season at the Big League level, going 0-4 for the Angels with a 3.69 earned run average over 31.2 innings of work.
The following season would see him a regular starter for the Angels, appearing in 23 games while tossing 10 complete games and two shutouts, posting a record of 7-11 with a very nice 2.61 ERA over 162 innings.
He'd have a rough 1975 season that saw him go 3-12 with a bloated 5.94 ERA over 30 games, 18 of them starts, and he'd find himself sent over to the Kansas City Roylas in 1976 after an 0-6 start, finishing the season at 5-12 with a 3.61 ERA over 33 games.
He would end up generally a relief pitcher starting with the 1978 season, pitching through to 1985 and finishing up with a record of 44-71, with an ERA at 3.88 over 387 appearances and 1123.1 innings, with five shutouts and 29 saves along the way.
I remember him as this "veteran" pitcher and am only now seeing that when he retired he was still only 33 years of age! Incredible.



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