Swings and misses

Six more cards came back signed without questionnaires while another came back without a signature or a survey. Here’s a roundup of our recent failures.

1979 Topps

One of the Baltimore Orioles most reliable relievers, Tippy Martinez pitched for 14 years in the majors, saving 115 games and winning another 55. Martinez went 9-3 with 21 saves in 1983, earning a trip to the All-Star Game and helping the Orioles win the World Series in the process.

1979 Topps

Almost the Rookie of the Year in 1972, Dave Rader spent 10 years in the big leagues, playing for five different teams. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote while playing for the San Francisco Giants. He remained the Giants’ starting catcher for three more seasons before settling into a part-time role with the team.

1974 Topps

An all-star in 1973, Dave Giusti won 100 major league games and saved 145 more during 15 years in the big leagues. Giusti figured into the National League Cy Young vote three different times and twice received votes for MVP. He led the NL in saves (30) in 1971, the same year the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Giusti appeared in three games during the series, saving one.

1968 Topps

Gary Sutherland spent 13 years in the majors, playing for seven different teams from 1966-1978. He was a starter for the Montreal Expos from 1969-1971 and again for the Detroit Tigers during the 1974-1975 seasons. He finished his career with a .243 average in 1,031 games.

1979 Topps

Dave Tomlin won 25 games and saved 12 more during 409 big league games played between 1972-1986. He pitched 101.2 innings for the San Diego Padres in 1977, going 4-4 with three saves.

1978 Topps

A reserve catcher for most of his career, Bob Stinson spent parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues. He appeared in 124 games for the Seattle Mariners in 1978, hitting .258 with a career-high 11 home runs.

Finally, it was former Atlanta Brave Rowland Office who returned the card unsigned, sans survey.

Published by Chris

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

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