Swings and misses

1958 Topps

Charley Rabe pitched in 11 big-league games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and 1958. He went 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings. He made two starts and finished one game while striking out 16 of the hitters he faced. Rabe’s professional career lasted from 1952-1963.

1982 Donruss

A veteran of 15 seasons, Ernie Whitt hit .249 with 134 home runs in a career spent playing with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles. Whitt came up with Boston in 1976, but joined the Blue Jays the following season. He remained with Toronto for the next 13 years and was the team’s starting catcher for most of those seasons. He was an all star in 1985 when he hit .245 with a career-high 19 home runs. Whitt matched that home run total again in 1987 when he hit .269 while setting a career high in RBIs (75). Whitt played for the Braves in 1990, then finished his career with 35 games for the Orioles in 1991. Whitt was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

1979 Topps

A two-time all star, Rick Honeycutt pitched for 21 years in the majors, going 109-143 with a 3.72 ERA. Honeycutt pitched for eight different teams during his career. He came up with the Seattle Mariners in 1977 and was an all star for them in 1980. He made his second all-star team while pitching for the Texas Rangers in 1983. He led the American League in ERA with a 2.42 mark in 1983 while winning 14 games for the Rangers. Texas traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of that year and he won two more games for the Dodgers to set his career high of 16 wins in a season. A starter for most of his career, Honeycutt moved into the bullpen when he joined the Oakland A’s in 1987. He soon was Dennis Eckersley’s setup man and helped the A’s reach three-straight World Series. The team defeated the San Francisco Giants in 1989 in a series that saw Honeycutt pitch in three games. He left Oakland and returned to the Rangers in 1994 and remained in the majors until 1997 when he retired as a St. Louis Cardinal. Honeycutt became the pitching coach for the Dodgers in 2006 and remains in that position today.

The letter we sent to Lloyd Merritt was returned due to a bad address.

Published by Chris

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

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