Swings and misses

1970 Topps

Three cards returned without surveys. The first came from former Los Angeles Dodger Len Gabrielson. An outfielder/first baseman, Gabrielson spent nine years playing for the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Cubs and Milwaukee Braves. He hit .253 with 37 home runs during the span. His best season was probably 1968 when he slugged 10 home runs to go along with a .270 average for the Dodgers.

1970 Topps

Jim Rooker won 103 big league games while pitching for 13 seasons in the major leagues. He posted double-digit wins from 1973-1977 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games twice for Pittsburgh, the first time in 1974 and the second in 1976. Rooker was a part of the 1979 “We Are Family” Pirates’ team that bested the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. He pitched in two games in the series, starting one and allowing just one run in 8.2 innings.

A final letter came back from longtime MLB catcher Terry Kennedy. He said that he did not sign autographs at the address where I’d sent the letter and included two stamps with his reply. This was a first. I just wish he’d also given me an address where he did accept mail!

Published by Chris

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

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