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Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 77 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 293/660 – #495 – Nelson Briles, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 293/660 – #495 – Nelson Briles, Royals

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Card Number:  495

Player Name: Nelson Briles

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 14 seasons, 1965-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nelson Briles appeared in 24 games for the Royals in 1975, making 16 starts.  He went 6-6 on the year with 3 complete games and 2 saves.  Briles worked 112 innings in ’75, allowing 127 hits and 60 runs en route to a 4.26 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Nelson Briles is a career 129-112 pitcher with 14 seasons under his belt.  He has a career ERA of 3.44 and struck out 1,163 batters in 2,111 innings of work.  Briles won two World Series rings – 1 as a member of the 1967 Cardinals and 1 as a member of the 1971 Pirates.

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Did You Know…

The Opening Day starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their inaugural baseball games as a major league franchise was Andy Benes.

Andy Benes

1975 Topps Set Card 290/660 – #56 – Rick Wise, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 290/660 – #56 – Rick Wise, Red Sox

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Card Number:  56

Player Name: Rick Wise

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position: Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 18 seasons, 1964, 1966-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Risk Wise started 35 games for the Red Sox in 1975.  He went 19-12 on the year with 17 complete games and 1 shutout.  He worked 255 innings during the season allowing 262 hits and 126 runs en route to a 3.95 ERA.  Wise struck out 141 batters in that time while walking 72.

Notes From Career:  Rick Wise is a 2-time All-Star pitcher that suited up for five different clubs during his 18-year big league career.  He has a lifetime record of 188-181 with 138 complete games, 30 shutouts, and a career ERA of 3.69 to his credit.  Having worked 3,127 innings during his playing days, Wise struck out 1,647 batters and walked 804.

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Foil Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Foil Parallel

Yes, I am still hauling in parallel cards of Jose Fernandez that were issued earlier this year.  And yes, I still need more.

This one here is the Red Foil card from Series 2 of the 2014 set.

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Time to really hunker down and try to knock these rainbows out.  Before I know it, 2015 cards will be here…

1975 Topps Set Card 284/660 – #161 – Stan Bahnsen, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 284/660 – #161 – Stan Bahnsen, White Sox

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Card Number: 161

Player Name: Stan Bahnsen

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position: Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1966, 1968-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Stan Bahnsen pitched in 33 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.  He put together a record of 10-13 between the two clubs, while appearing in 33 games.  Bahnsen had an ERA of 4.36 in 136 innings of work.  He struck out just 80 batters during that time, while also giving up 77 walks.

Notes From Career:  Stan Bahnsen won the Rookie Of The Year Award in 1968 as a member of the New York Yankees. He had a career record of 146-149 with 73 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 20 saves to his credit.  In 2,529 innings of work, Bahnsen allowed 2,440 hits and 1,127 runs while striking out 1,359 and walking 924.

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1975 Topps Set Card 283/660 – #413 – Marty Pattin, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 283/660 – #413 – Marty Pattin, Royals

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Card Number: 413

Player Name: Marty Pattin

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position: Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Marty Pattin appeared in 44 games for the Royals in 1975, including making 15 starts for the team.  He compiled a record of 10-10 while throwing 4 complete games including 1 shutout while also recording 5 saves.  He worked 177 innings during the season while allowing 173 hits and 77 runs en route to a 3.25 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Pattin has a career record of 114-109 with 25 saves over 13 seasons.  He is a 1-time All-Star with 64 complete games and 14 shutouts to his credit.  Pattin struck out 1,179 batters while walking 603 in 2,038 innings of work.  He has a career ERA of 3.62

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