Swings and misses

It has been a while since we’ve done one of these, but we got a bunch of letters back in the mail this weekend so now seemed like a good time. These cards came back with signatures, but no surveys.

70Etchebarren

1970 Topps

Andy Etchebarren caught for 15 years in the major leagues, mostly for the Baltimore Orioles, from 1962-1978. He was an all star in 1966 and 1967. In fact he finished 17th in the American League MVP vote in 1966 despite hitting .221. He did hit a career-high 11 home runs that season and drove in 50 runs. He was a part of two Orioles’ World Series winning teams, the first in 1966 and the second in 1970.

78Mason

1978 Topps

Jim Mason played for four different teams from 1971-1979, mostly as a reserve infielder. He was the New York Yankees starting shortstop in 1974, posting a .250 average to go with 5 home runs, 37 RBI and 41 runs scored. He played in 152 games that season. It was the only year during his career where he crossed the 100-games-played threshold.

79Reuschel

1979 Topps

The brother of 214-game winner Rick Reuschel, Paul Reuschel had a five-year run in the majors, going 16-16 with 13 saves for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

79Serum

1979 Topps

Gary Serum pitched parts of three seasons for the Minnesota Twins. He was 9-9 in 1978 with a 4.10 ERA and one save in 184 .1 innings pitched. He went 1-3 the next year before being sent back to the minor leagues.

79Sykes

1979 Topps

Bob Sykes went 23-26 while pitching for the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1977-1981. He twice won six games, once for Detroit in 1978 and again for the Cardinals in 1980.

Andy Messersmith returned his letter with a note saying he is no longer doing signings.

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