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1975 Topps Set Card 186/660 – #446 – Bart Johnson, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 186/660 – #446 – Bart Johnson, White Sox

Bart Johnson spent his full 8-year career with the Chicago White Sox.  A pitcher, Johnson appeared n 185 games for the Sox, starting 97 of them.  He has a career record of 43-51 with 17 saves.  In 809 innings of work, Johnson amassed an ERA of 3.94 allowing 806 hits and 392 runs.  In those 809 innings, Johnson stuck out 520 batters while allowing 348 walks.  Johnson never appeared in the postseason.

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1975 Topps Set Card 136/660 – #232 – Diego Segui, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 136/660 – #232 – Diego Segui, Red Sox

Progress: 136/660

Player Name:  Diego Segui

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1962-75, 1977

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Diego Segui appeared in 33 games for the Red Sox in 1975.  By season’s end, he had a record of 2-5 with 6 saves and an ERA of 4.82.  Segui struck out just 45 batters in 71 innings of work while allowing 71 hits and 41 runs.

Notes From Career:   Diego Segui sported a 92-111 record by the end of his career.  He notched 71 career saves as well.  Segui was used as both a starting and relief pitcher, and he notched 28 complete games including 7 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 5.69 and a strikeouts per nine innings ratio of 6.5.

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‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #6 – ‘My Windy City’

This book is the 6th book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘My Windy City’

Synopsis – Here are the tales from the guys that played for both major league baseball teams in Chicago. 

Jacket  Content – Chicago is a legendary city in the United States.  Known for it’s beautiful skyline, it’s stuffed pizza, and of course it’s baseball teams. 

The Cubs and White Sox are two of the most legendary teams in the major leagues.  And while sharing the same city, their fans and history are certainly different.  From the ‘Bleacher Bums’ at Wrigley Field to the ‘White Collar Fans’ from Comiskey Park, each group is fiercely loyal to their club, and their passion never crosses to the other side of the city.

In this book we will share the stories of the players that suited up for both teams.  We’ll hear their tales about their involvement with these very clearly different fans.  We’ll also get to hear some stories about their experiences in 2 of the most legendary baseball stadiums ever built.  While writing this book, one thing was certain – these players love the city of Chicago and were very eager to speak with us about the city and how it felt to play for these two franchises during their professional careers.

Chapters

1- Paul Assenmacher : Cubs(1989-93) White Sox (1994)

2 – George Bell : Cubs(1991) White Sox(1992-93)

3 – Bobby Bonds : (1981) White Sox(1978)

4 – Tom Gordon : Cubs(2001-02) White Sox(2003)

5 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage : Cubs(1988) White Sox(1972-76)

6 – Ken Henderson : Cubs(1979-80) White Sox(1973-75)

7 – Lance Johnson : Cubs(1997-99) White Sox(1988-95)

8 – Don Larsen : Cubs(1967) White Sox(1961)

9 – Vance Law : Cubs(1988-89) White Sox(1982-84)

10 – Kenny Lofton : Cubs(2003) White Sox (2002)

11 – Scott Sanderson : Cubs(1984-89) White Sox(1994)

12 – Ron Santo : Cubs(1960-73) White Sox(1974)

13 – Steve Stone : Cubs(1974-76) White Sox(1973-78)

14 – Kevin Tapani : Cubs(1997-2001) White Sox(1996)

15 – Jose Vizcaino : Cubs(2009) White Sox(2005)

16 – Hoyt Wilhelm : Cubs(1970) White Sox(1963-68)

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Who Would You Love To See Suit Up For Your Team Again???

With the announcement that Ken Griffey, Jr. has signed a contract to play baseball again for the Seattle Mariners, it made me wonder who I would like to see suit up again for my home team? 

In Griffey’s case, his greatest team and individual success came from his playing days with the Mariners so seeing him go back to Seattle is a nice, fitting end to his amazing career…

Who else though???

Tom Glavine did it by going back to Atlanta last year.  Would you want to see Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform one more time?  How about Manny Ramirez wearing an Indians uni?  Pudge Rodriguez suited up for the Texas Rangers?  What about Alfonso Soriano wearing pinstripes again for the Yankees?

So let me know.  If you could select one current player to come back to the team he established his career with who would it be??

For me, it’s Josh Beckett.  I would love to see him wearing the Teal and Black of the Marlins again.  He has built a solid career for himself with a ton of post season experience and I think he would be an incredible veteran leader for one of the youngest and most talented starting rotations in the major leagues.

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Who knows?  It could happen…

That Guy #4

Just another post in my ‘That Guy’ series.

This ‘That Guy’ will focus on the player that you witnessed as being groomed to take over for a veteran that was getting ready to leave the game of baseball.  Unfortunately, ‘That Guy’ never quite made it and surely did not replace his former teammate in the manner that the team thought he was destined for.

For me, ‘That Guy’ is Ron Karkovice.  Karkovice was the one that was going to push Carlton Fisk out the door and take over as the full-time catcher for the Chicago White Sox.  Having moved to Chicago in 1989, I was able to witness first hand how the Sox tried and tried and tried to give ‘Karko’ chances to budge ‘Pudge’.  But he just couldn’t do it.

In Karkovice’s rookie season of 1986 he was able to appear in 37 games.  Fisk got a majority of the playing time and while being 16 years older than his understudy, he was still the better all-around option.  As we all know, catchers tend to break down earlier than other position players due to the stress put on their knees.  But even as the years progressed, Karkovice couldn’t overtake Fisk even though the aging superstar’s offensive skills began to decline.  From 1986-1991, Karkovice played in 336 games while his aging mentor managed to get playing time in 710 contests.  Yet, the Sox never gave up on Ron.  His batting average over the course of those 6 seasons was a dismal .222 while Fisk did not fare too much better at .260.  Karkovice failed to provide run production as he amassed just 23 home runs and 95 RBI in those six seasons, yet Fisk was still delivering as he bashed 105 homers and drove in an impressive 391 RBI as he played well into his 40’s.

And still the Chicago White Sox didn’t give up on Karkovice.  New catchers were not brought in to challenge him for the back-up role and be the possible successor to ‘Pudge’.  It’s amazing to see how little production Karkovice added to the White Sox line-up, yet the team continued to give him time to make adjustments as their aging superstar played into his mid-40’s.

The roles reversed during the 1992 season as Karkovice finally earned more playing time and got 70% of the starts.  His offense began to take off and he was able to increase his batting average to an acceptable level for a catcher and his power numbers increased as he reached double-digit numbers in home runs in the next 5 seasons.

So, while Ron Karkovice was clearly unable to fill in for Carlton Fisk, the team certainly gave him an extensive learning curve as they stood by him for 6 dismal seasons before he finally broke though and became a starter.  I have to think that in today’s game of 1-year contracts and trade deadlines that no team would be willing to invest the time and money into a player the way that the Chicago White Sox did for Ron Karkovice.

Who is your ‘That guy’???  Does a certain player come to mind when you think ‘I cannot believe that this guy is back with us for another season?’ or ‘What is management thinking by keeping this guy around”?

Let me know. 

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