Swings and misses

Due to the fact we were out of town for two weeks and not getting our mail, we’ve got a lot of these to log. So, enjoy this super, super-sized swings and misses!

1965 Topps

Curt Simmons won 193 games pitching mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals from 1947-1967. He made the National League All-Star team in 1952, 1953 and 1957 and finished 16th in the MVP vote in 1950.

1982 Donruss

A three-time all star, Dave Kingman belted 442 home runs during 16 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 48 bombs in 1979 while playing for the Chicago Cubs and again with 37 home runs for the New York Mets in 1982. He received MVP votes four times during his long career.

1979 Topps

An all star in 1981, Mike Norris pitched for 10 seasons in the majors, winning 58 games along the way. He was 22-9 for the Oakland A’s in 1980, finishing second in the Cy Young vote and winning the first of two Gold Gloves. Norris suffered arm troubles later in his career and left the A’s following the 1983 season. He returned in 1990 as a relief pitcher and pitched in 14 games for Oakland. He is the only A’s pitcher to win games in three different decades.

LFHP Autograph Card

One of the 100-oldest-living players, Fred Marolewski appeared in one game for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953. He came in at first base and did not register an at bat. He wrote back and said he was not qualified to answer the questionnaire.

1970 Topps

Lowell Palmer pitched for five years in the majors for four different teams. He won five games and lost 18 in 316.2 innings. He pitched a shutout for the Philadelphia Phillies as a rookie in 1969, which was probably the high-water mark of his career.

1974 Topps

Robert Dale Johnson, not to be confused with Bob Johnson who we featured last December, pitched for seven years in the majors for five different teams. He won 28 games and saved 12 more. He won eight games and had four saves for the Kansas City Royals in 1970 which was, arguably, his best year.


Used mainly as a reserve, Terry Crowley spent 15 seasons in the majors. He played for four teams, but mostly for the Baltimore Orioles. In 865 big-league games, Crowley hit .250 with 42 home runs. He never appeared in more than 97 games in a season. He hit .288 with 12 home runs in 92 games for the Orioles in 1980.

1978 Topps

Larry Christenson strung together four straight 10-plus win seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1975-1978. His best year came in 1977 when he went 19-6 for Philadelphia. He was a member of the 1980 Phillies team that won the World Series.

1979 Topps

Tom Hausman won 15 games over a seven-year career which lasted from 1975-1982. He was 6-5 for the New York Mets in 1980. He also saved a game that season which saw him throw a career-high 122 innings.

Letters sent to John Glenn (100 oldest) and Pete LaCock were returned with bad addresses. Letters sent to Bud Harrelson, Richie Zisk, Reggie Cleveland and Nick Testa (100 oldest) were refused.

Published by Chris

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

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