Tuesday, August 16, 2022


I haven't created one of these in a long while here on the blog, so I figured I'd go ahead and add a 1978 "Traded" card for former pitcher Rick Wise to the mix:

Wise found himself traded over to the Cleveland Indians on March 30th of 1978 from the Boston Red Sox along with Ted Cox, Bo Diaz and Mike Paxton in a blockbuster for Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall.
He had a rough first season with the Indians in 1978, leading the league with 19 losses.
However, toiling for the hapless Indians did not reflect his efforts on the mound, as his 4.34 earned run average  and 1.34 WHIP would show.
He'd fare a lot better the following season when he posted a record of 15-10 over 34 starts, with a 3.73 ERA and two shutouts.
It's easy to forget that the guy put together a really solid Major League career, finishing with a 188-181 record to go along with a 3.69 earned run average, 30 shutouts and 1647 strikeouts over 506 games (455 starts) between 1964 and 1982.
Yes he'll always be remembered for being the "wrong" side of the Steve Carlton trade (ironically enough during the off-season after his no-hit year), but if not for an injury-plagued season in 1974 while with the Red Sox, he could have been a 200-game winner.
Go figure...


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