Monday, April 22, 2024


Good day folks.

On the blog today we have a missing 1975 card for Rusty Torres, who appeared in 109 games for the Cleveland Indians during the 1974 season yet was left out of the 1975 set by Topps:

Torres hit .187 over 150 at-bats that year, collecting 28 hits with 19 runs scored and 12 runs batted in for the Tribe, playing all three outfield positions while also putting in some time as a designated hitter.
His career began in 1971 as a member of the New York Yankees, for whom he played parts of two seasons before heading to Cleveland as part of the trade that got the Yanks Graig Nettles in November of 1972.
He'd spend all of 1975 in the Minors before making it back to the Big Leagues in 1976, now a member of the California Angels, where he'd play in 1976 and 1977, before putting in two years with the Chicago White Sox, and one final year as a Kansas City Royal in 1980.
All told, he'd hit .212 over 655 career games between 1971 and 1980, scoring 159 runs and driving in 126, with 35 homers, finishing his pro career with one season in the Mexican League in 1982 for Monterrey.
Sadly, his life outside of baseball was marked with serious criminal charges, including sexual abuse of a minor in 2012, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.


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