Thursday, December 29, 2022


Up on the blog today, a "not so missing" 1975 card for former #1 overall draft pick Mike Ivie, who hadn't yet become a regular Major League player even though that draft was in 1970:

Ivie did make it all the way to the Majors just a year after being the #1 overall pick by the Padres, appearing in six games as an 18-year-old and ripping the cover off the ball, hitting .471 with eight hits over 17 at-bats with three RBIs.
But he'd spend the next couple of years in the Minors before making it back in 1974 with 12 games, this time hitting only .088 with three hits in 34 official at-bats, though he did hit the first homer of his career.
Ivie was taken first by the San Diego Padres out of Decatur, Georgia's Walker High School as a catcher.
Although he managed to make it up to the Majors at the age of 19 in 1971, appearing in 6 games, he was sent down to the Minors for the next few years before getting called back up in 1974.
1975 saw his first substantial playing time, playing in 111 games, good for 411 plate appearances, but it was nothing really to write home about, as he hit .249 with eight homers and 46 runs batted in. (In all fairness those were some terrible Padre teams however, and he wasn't surrounded by the best guys).
Sadly for him (and the Padres), that first "full" season would pretty much represent his average seasonal output during his 11 year career.
In February of '78 San Diego traded Ivie to the Giants for Derrel Thomas, and in 1979 he gave San Francisco arguably his finest season, as he hit .286 with 27 homers and 89 runs batted in, doing so with only 402 official at-bats.
But that really would be it for Ivie as far as any substantial accomplishments on the big league level.
The Giants sent him to Houston during the 1981 season, playing sparsely until the Astros released him at the end of April, 1982.
After that he signed on with Detroit in May of the same year, but didn't manage much and was released about a year later, ending his career.
As far as 1st overall picks, Mike Ivie didn't pan out as the Padres hoped, but he did stick around for eleven years, good for 857 games, MUCH better than some of the other picks we'll see as I profile them one by one in the near future.


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