Swings and misses

Had quite a few of these pile up over the past week or two. Thus, let’s knock them out.

1970 Topps

Was really hoping John Odom would respond to the questionnaire. Not just because he was a good pitcher, but also because his nickname was “Blue Moon.” Okay, it was mostly because of the nickname. Still, he signed the card, which is pretty cool. A two-time all star, Odom won 16 games for the Oakland A’s in 1968 and 15 the following season. He was key member of three Oakland World Series winning squads (1972, 1973, 1974).

Blue Moon Odom – career stats

1970 Topps

Stone also graciously signed his 1970 Topps baseball card. A veteran of nine big-league seasons, Stone won 60 games for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. He was 12-3 for the Mets in 1973 and earned a win in the NLCS and a save in the ensuing World Series, which the Mets lost to Odom and the A’s.

George Stone – career stats

Had even less luck with Seattle Pilots third baseman Mike Ferraro who returned the card and survey unsigned. Letters to Cookie Rojas and Jeff Torborg were marked undeliverable and returned to sender.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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