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‘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.