Category Archives: 'Same Cards, Different Paths'

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #47

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #47

1965 Topps – Card #533 – AKA – ‘The Tug McGraw Rookie Card’

Danny Napoleon – Napoleon’s career spanned just 2 seasons and 80 games.  An outfielder, Napoleon found it hard to break into the Mets’ lineup on a regular basis.  Primarily used as a back-up or replacement in late innings, he only made 142 plate appearances during his playing days.  Napoleon has a career batting average of .162 along with 21 hits, 7 runs scored, and 7 RBI.

Ron Swaboda – A true ‘fan-favorite’, Swaboda’s career lasted 9 years – and all of them were spent in New York.   Splitting time between the Mets and Yankees, Swaboda saw decent success with both teams.  His greatest accomplishment was being part of the 1969 World Champion ‘Amazin Mets’ team.  In that series, Swaboda hit .400 as he collected 6 hits in 15 plate appearances.  He also scored a run, drove in a run, and drew a walk. 

Jim Bethke – Undefeated, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!!!  Bethke made 25 appearances for the New York Mets during the 1968 season – and he is undefeated with a career record of 2-0!!  Bethke was used as a middle and long reliever, and eve though most of his statistics have inflated numbers, he can always claim to be one of major league baseball’s undefeated  pitchers!!

Tug McGraw – McGraw pitched in the big leagues for 19 seasons.  Splitting time between New York and Philadelphia, McGraw earned a 96-92 record.  Primarily used in relief, McGraw did find himself as a starter from time to time – and he as 5 complete games and 1 shutout to his credit.  McGraw is a 2-time All-star and was on the 1980 World Series winning Phillies.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #46

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #46

1978 Topps – Card #704 – AKA – ‘The Lou Whitaker Rookie Card’

Garth Iorg – Iorg spent 9 years in the major leagues – all with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The ultimate role player, Iorg spent time at every defensive position on the field except for catcher and pitcher.  A career .258 hitter, Iorg collected 633 hits and scored 251 runs with the Jays.

Dave Oliver – Oliver’s career lasted just 9 games – all of which came during the 1976 baseball season.   A second baseman, Oliver hit .318 while amassing 7 hits, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored during his very brief stint as a big leaguer.

Sam Perlozzo – Perlozzo’s career spanned 2 seasons but he only appeared in 12 contests.  In 26 career at-bats, Perlozzo had 7 hits – 2 of which were triples.  He also scored 6 runs in the 12 games in which he played.

Lou Whitaker – ‘Sweet Lou’ played 19 years for the Detroit Tigers.  A superb defensive player, Whitaker made up 1/2 of a double-play tandem with Alan Trammell that would be considered one of the greatest of all-time.  He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1978 largely due to his .285 average with 138 hits, 71 runs scored, and 58 RBI.  Whitaker helped lead the Tigers to the World Series championship in 1984.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #45

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #45

1982 Topps – Card #711 – AKA – ‘The Dave Henderson Rookie Card

Dave Elder – A 2-year veteran that appeared in just 19 big league games, Elder was used very sparingly during his brief career as a major league baseball player.  Spanning 2 seasons, Elder pitched a total of 25 1/3 innings.  And in that time he gave up 23 hits while allowing 15 runs.  His career record of 1-3 includes an ERA of 4.62 along with striking out 26 and walking 18.

Dave Henderson – Better known as ‘Hendu’, Dave Henderson enjoyed a successful 14 year career.  A member of 5 different teams, Hendu’s greatest accomplishments came during his playing days in Oakland when his mighty A’s team battled for the World Series championship year after year.  A member of ‘The Bash Brothers’, Henderson crushed 197 career home runs, with 104 of them coming during  his 6 years with the A’s.

Reggie Walton – Walton’s career as a big leaguer lasted just 3 seasons and 56 games.  Used as a utility outfielder, Walton was never able to find full-time work and he oftentimes found himslef as a back-up to the back-up player.  Walton left the sport with a .250 batting average along with 26 hit, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, and a career batting average 0f .250.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

1969 Topps – Card #99 – AKA – ‘The Graig Nettles Rookie Card’

Danny Morris – A 2-year veteran that appeared in just 6 games, Morris had a very brief stint as a major league baseball player.  Used in both starting and relief roles, Morris compiled an 0-2 record with a 2.81 career ERA.  In 16 total innings of work, he struck out 7, walked 8, and allowed 16 hits and 9 runs.

Graig Nettles – Nettles played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  A veteran of 6 different clubs, his greatest success came as a New York Yankee during the mid-70’s.  Nettles was a 6-time All-star, with 5 of those appearances coming while wearing pinstripes.  His career numbers are impressive – 2,225 hits, 328 doubles, 390 home runs, 1,314 RBI, and 1,193 runs scored.  Nettles played in 5 World Series contests – winning 2 titles in 1977 and 1978 with the Yankees.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43

1973 Topps – Card #609 – AKA – ‘The Davey Lopes Rookie Card’

Larvell Blanks – A 9-year veteran, Blanks started and ended his career in Atlanta with stops in Cleveland and Texas in between.  A solid defender with a fair bat, Blanks spent time in the majors as both a starter and reserve.  He has a career batting average is .253 and other notable stats include 57 doubles, 20 home runs, and 172 RBI.

Pedro Garcia – Garcia’s career in the big leagues lasted just 5 seasons, but he got regular work in that time.  A low .220 hitter, it was Garcia’s defense and ability to score runs that kept him in the rotation.  In 558 career games, Garcia scored 196 runs, drove in 184, and hit 37 home runs. 

Dave Lopes – The speedy Lopes was a terror on the base paths.  Stealing bases and scoring runs was something that Lopes did very well during his 16 years as a major leaguer – even past his 40th birthday!  A 4-time All-star, Lopes scored 1,023 runs during his playing days along with stealing 557 bases, which is good for 25th on the all-time list.  He recorded at least 40 or more steals in a season 7 times.  Lopes was a member of the 1981 World Series championship LA Dodgers.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

1964 Topps – Card #146 – AKA – ‘The Tommy John Rookie Card’

Tommy John – John, the winningest pitcher in baseball history to not be inducted in the Hall of Fame, finished his 26-year career with 288 wins.  A 4-time All-star, and a Top 8 finisher for the Cy Young award 4 times during his career, Tommy John was a solid performer.  Yet while he enjoyed more than a quarter of a decade in the major leagues, Tommy John was often overshadowed by his contemporaries.  In his career, John started 700 games, completing 162 of them including 46 shutouts.

Bob Chance – A 6-year veteran, Chance played for three teams during his brief career.  Playing in 277 games, Chance recorded a .261 batting average.  He stats also include 195 hits, 76 runs scored, 112 RBI, and 24 round-trippers!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

1973 Topps – Card #614 – AKA – ‘The Dwight Evans Rookie Card’

Alonza Bumbry – More commonly known as ‘Al’, Alonza Bumbry enjoyed a 14-year major league career, primarily as a Baltimore Oriole.  A skilled outfielder that could play all 3 spots, Bumbry’s impact was felt upon his arrival into the league as he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1973.  In that year, Bumbry hit .337 while also collecting 120 hits, scoring 73 runs, and stealing 23 bases.  His major league career culminated with a .281 batting average, 1,422 hits, 778 runs scored, 254 stolen bases, and 1 All-star game appearance in 1980.  Bumbry was a member of the 1983 World Series championship Baltimore Orioles. 

Dwight Evans – Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Charlie Spikes – A 9-year veteran, Spikes wore some of the game’s most legendary jerseys – Yankees, Indians, Tigers, and Braves.  An outfielder, Spikes was a starter during the early phase of his career but became a platoon player over the last few seasons he played in the big leagues.  While playing in Cleveland, Spikes blossomed and found his greatest success with that team.  All of his personal bests came from his 5 years playing for ‘The Tribe’!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #40

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #40

1966 Topps – Card #424 – AKA – ‘The Lee May Rookie Card’

Lee May – May, a 3-time All-star and perennial MVP contender played 18 years in the big leagues.  Splitting time between the Reds, Astros, Orioles, and Royals, May put up solid numbers for every team he played for.  A career .267 hitter, May collected 2,031 career hits with 340 doubles and 354 home runs.  He also scored 959 runs during his playing days while driving in an additional 1,244.  May played in both the 1970 and 1979 World Series, but did not come away a winner in either match-up.

Darrell Osteen – Osteen has a brief 3-year career with the Reds from 1965-67.  Appearing in just 26 contests with the team, Osteen was 0-4 with 3 saves.  Osteen was traded to the Oakland A’s during the offseason of 1967 and made a relatively short comeback with the A’s during the 1970 campaign before calling it quits.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

1963 Topps – Card #169 – AKA – ‘The Gaylord Perry Rookie Card’

Dick Egan – A 4-year veteran, Dick Egan made just 27 appearances in the big leagues.  Playing for 3 different teams in 4 years, Egan pitched a total of 101 innings.  He has a career record of 1-2 with 2 saves along with an ERA of 5.15.  In 101 innings of work, Egan gave up 109 hits while allowing 66 runs.

Julio Navarro – Navarro enjoyed six seasons in the major leagues, but he was used sparingly.  Pitching a total of 212 innings, Navarro appeared in 130 games for the Angels, Tigers, and Braves.  He has a career record of 7-9 with 17 saves and an ERA of 3.65.  Navarro allowed 191 hits and 97 runs while also striking out 151 batters and walking 70.

Gaylord Perry – Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry played 22 seasons in the big leagues.  He is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner as well as a member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ and 3000 Strikeouts Club’.  Perry amassed 314 wins during his career and pitched an amazing 303 complete games, 53 of which were shutouts.  Gaylord Perry is a 5-time All-star.

Tommie Sisk – A 9-year veteran, Tommie Sisk suited up for the Pirates, Padres, and White Sox during his playing days.  He has a career record of 40-49 with 10 saves.  40 of his wins include 19 complete games and 4 shutouts.  In 928 innings of work, Sisk allowed 937 hits while giving up 57 home runs.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #38

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #38

1976 Topps – Card #599 – AKA – ‘The Ron Guidry Rookie Card’

Rob Dressler – Dressler’s career spanned 5 seasons in which he played in 82 games.  Splitting time with three different teams in that span, Dressler was primarily used as a starter, but his innings pitched were strictly minimized.  He has a career record of 11-23 with an ERA of 4.17. 

Ron Guidry – Guidry enjoyed an award-filled 14-year career with the New York Yankees.  In his best year with the team in 1978, he won the Cy Young Award as well as helping to lead  the team to its second consecutive World Series championship.  In that ’78 season, Guidry won 25 games while losing just 3 – good for a 89% winning percentage!  He also threw 16 complete games, including 9 shutouts en route to a low 1.74 ERA.  Guidry was a 4-time All-star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young award 5 more times!

Bob McClure – Bob McClure’s career lasted an amazing 19 major league seasons.  Used primarily in middle relief, McClure appeared in 698 games and compiled a 68-57 record.  He has an ERA of 3.81 with 52 saves and a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.41:1.  McClure appeared in 1 World Series – in 1982 when his Brewers team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pat Zachry – A 10-year veteran, Zachry pitched for 4 teams during his career.  In 293 career appearances, Zachry amassed a record of 69-67 with 3 saves.  He threw 29 complete games, including 7 shutouts, and struck out 669 batters in 1177 innings of work.  Zachry was part of the 1976 World Series championship winning Cincinnati Reds team.