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1975 Topps Set Card 81/660 – #396 – Fred Norman, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 81/660 – #396 – Fred Norman, Reds

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Player Name:  Fred Norman

Card Number:  396

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1962-64, 1966-67, 1970-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Norman went 12-4 in 26 starts for the Reds in 1975.  He also had 2 complete games thrown during that season.  In 188 innings of work, Norman achieved an ERA of 3.73 with 119 strikeouts thrown while walking 84 batters.

Notes From Career:  A journey-man, Norman suited up for 7 teams during his 16 year major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 104-103 with 56 complete games, 15 shutouts, and 8 saves.  Norman was a member of the ‘Big Red Machine’ pitching staff and won World Series titles in both 1975 and 1976 with the club.


Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Today we celebrate Warren Spahn’s birthday.

A 21-year big league veteran, Warren Spahn was solidifying his spot as one of the game’s greatest pitchers way before the likes of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Bob Gibson.

Over the course of his playing days, Spahn collected 363 wins – including 13 seasons of at least 20!! A truly amazing and durable hurler, Spahn started 665 contests during his career, and finished way more than half(382 to be exact) including 63 shutouts.

Warren Spahn was a 15-time All-Star and the 1957 Cy Young Award winner. He was a member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves World Series championship winning team in which he started 2 games, going 1-1.

Happy Birthday Mr. Spahn!

1975 Topps Set Card 79/660 – #635 – Chuck Dobson, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 79/660 – #635 – Chuck Dobson, Angels

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Player Name:  Chuck Dobson

Card Number:  635

Team:  California Angels

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1966-71, 1973-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Dobson appeared in 9 games for the Angels in 1975.  He went 0-2 in those 9 appearances while working 28 innings and allowing 26 runs.  He had an ERA of 6.75 in ’75 while striking out 14 and walking 13.

Notes From Career:  In 9 seasons, Chuck Dobson amassed a 74-69 record in 190 career starts.  He threw 49 career shutouts and 11 shutouts.  In 1970, Dobson led the league i starts with 4 and in shutouts with 5.  Over the span of his career, Dobson struck out 758 batters while walking 476.


Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

I don’t like the set and I don’t care for all of the recycled pieces of ‘other’ cards that Donruss gave us with this release.

But, the card does feature my guy, Jose Fernandez.  So, I had to grab one!!




And one is where I will stop.

Did You Know…

The first pitcher in Tampa Bay Rays history to record 200 strikeouts in a single season was Scott Kazmir.  In 2007, Kazmir struck out 239 batters while walking just 89.  He had a K:9 innings ratio of 10.4:9 and a K:Walk ratio of 2.69:1.

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1975 Topps Set Card 77/660 – #321 – Rudy May, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 77/660 – #321 – Rudy May, Yankees

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Player Name:  Rudy May

Card Number:  321

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1965, 1969-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  May started 31 games for the Yankees in 1975.  He went on to win 14 games while losing 12.  May threw 13 complete games in ’75, with 1 shutout.  He had an ERA of 3.06 while striking out 145 batters in 212 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  May finished his career with a record of 152-156.  He started 360 games during his big league career, completing 87 of them.  He also has 24 shutouts to his credit.  In 2,622 innings of work, May struck out 1,760 batters while compiling a 3.46 ERA.  During his career, May made it to the postseason twice, never winning a World Series title.


1975 Topps Set Card 76/660 – #627 – Tom Walker, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 76/660 – #627 – Tom Walker, Expos

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Player Name:  Tom Walker

Card Number:  627

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1972-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  While pictured as a member of the Montreal Expos on his 1975 Topps baseball card, Tom Walker was a member of the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 season.  For the Tigers, Walker pitched in 36 games.  He went 3-8 and compiled a 4.45 ERA for the club in 115 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Walker pitched for four different teams during his 6-year major league career.  He pitched in a total of 191 games, with 17 starts.  Walker compiled a win-loss record of 18-23 with 2 complete games.  In 414 innings of work, Walker amassed an ERA of 3.87 with 262 strikeouts and 142 walks allowed.


Did You Know…

In the history of the Detroit Tigers, three pitchers have won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.  They are:  Denny McClain, Guilermo Hernandez, and Justin Verlander.

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Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Steve Avery turns 44 years old today.

Steve Avery may have been thrown into the fire a little too early, but his talent level even at a young age had expectations high as he joined the Atlanta Braves’ talented starting pitching core nicknamed – ‘The Young Guns’.  To be considered on par with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine must have been wonderful, and yet stressful, for Avery.

Avery made his debut with the Braves in 1990 and didn’t fare well as he finished the season with a 3-11 record alongside his 4.02 ERA.  But as the youngest player in the game in 1990, Avery managed to impress the Braves’ management enough to remain in the pitching rotation and his hard work began to pay off.  In 1991, Avery went 18-8  while finishing in 6th place for the Cy Young Award.  The next year he declined a bit as he went 11-11 but then thrived in 1993 by going 18-6 and earning his lone trip to the All-star game.

Unfortunately Avery suffered an injury to his pitching arm in late 1993 and he would never be able to recover the success he had for the Braves.  Prior to the injury Avery had a regular season record of 48-36, but after coming back from his injury he managed to go just 44-50.  Many blame the heavy workload and pressure to perform as the Braves’ 4th starter for his breakdown.  While the Braves’ were winning division titles one after  the other, the accolades went to their talented trio of pitchers and Avery became lost in the shuffle.

In 1997 Steve Avery joined the Boston Red Sox and pitched well for them for 2 seasons.  He was no longer the dominant guy that he was in the early 90′s but he performed well as their #2 starter.  The Red Sox kept his innings down and he managed to go 16-14 for them.  In 1999 he joined the Cincinnati Reds and posted a losing record of 6-7 with an enormous ERA of  5.16.  Steve Avery left the game after the 1999 season.

Avery attempted a comeback in 2003 as he wanted to give professional baseball one more attempt.  4 years after leaving the game, Avery joined his hometown team, the Detroit Tigers, as a relief pitcher.  He went 2-0 and played in 19 contests for the Tigers before finally hanging up his cleats for good.

Happy Birthday Mr. Avery!!!

1940 HEADLINE: Indians’ Bob Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

1940 HEADLINE: Indians’ Bob Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

You read that right, 1940.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter.  He is the only pitcher in major league history to toss a ‘N0-No’ in the season opener.

Battling the Chicago White Sox on the road, and in front of 14,000 fans, Feller and his Indians teammates reigned victorious as they beat the Sox 1-0.  The obvious star of the game was Feller, who dominated the Sox through all 9 innings!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Feller!