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1975 Topps Set Card 71/660 – #311 – 1974 Earned Run Average Leaders

1975 Topps Set Card 71/660 – #311 – 1974 Earned Run Average Leaders

Progress: 71/660

Player Name:  Jim Hunter, Buzz Capra

Card Number:  311

Team:  Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Buzz Capra led all of major league baseball with a 2.281 ERA at the end of the 1974 baseball season.  He was followed in the NL by pitchers Phil Niekro, Jon Matlack, and Mike Marshall.  Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter paced the American League with a 2.488 ERA.

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Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2001 Upper Deck Decades

Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2001 Upper Deck Decades

Sure, it is a rip-off of Topps’ very popular 1975 baseball card set.  But the 2001 Upper Deck version is pretty sweet too…

The 3-color borders look very sharp, and the combinations chosen by Upper Deck work pretty well most of the time.

Here is the card of ‘Catfish’ Hunter that I recently scored:

As nice as this one is, how much better would it be if the 3-color border consisted of Yellow, White, and Green??

Hmmm….

Did You Know…

Catfish Hunter became baseball’s first free agent in 1974.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

my take – And then the madness ensued!!!

Jim Palmer 1976 Topps – 1975 ERA League Leaders

Jim Palmer 1976 Topps – 1975 ERA League Leaders

This card comes from the 1976 Topps base set and it celebrates the American League’s top pitchers based on their ERA.

Here is how they ranked:

  1. Jim Palmer – 2.09
  2. Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter – 2.58
  3. Dennis Eckersley – 2.60

What I think is most remarkable about Palmer’s performance in 1975 is that he kept and maintained that ERA while starting 38 games for the Orioles.  For a guy to pitch a total of 323 innings while allowing just 87 runs – that is a truly remarkable feat!!

And Hunter and Eck were not too shabby either… Hunter threw 328 innings while allowing 107 runs an Eckersley tossed 186 innings and gave up just 61 runs.

Oh yeah – 3 Hall of Famers too.  Take note…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – HOF for TTM

 This is going to be a ton of fun!!!  Most of these guys are known to be great signers for autograph collectors so I home I am lucky with this.

I cannot express enough how much fun it was pulling these cards out of countless boxes at the show.  The more I see these cards, the more I am liking them.  At this point, I would have to say that the Goudey design is my favorite!!!

Warren Spahn, Tony Perez, Bob Feller, Sparky Anderson, Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter, Stan Musial, Bobby Doerr, and Bucky Dent – SWEET!!!!

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