Swings and misses

1960 Topps

Duke Carmel played in 124 major league games between 1959-1965. He hit .211 with four home runs during that span. He came up with the St. Louis Cardinals and appeared in 14 games in 1959 and 1960. The bulk of his time came in 1963, a year he split between the Cardinals and the New York Mets. Carmel played in 104 games that season, hitting .233 with all four of his career home runs. He was back in the minors in 1964, but resurfaced with the New York Yankees in 1965. He played in just six games, however, and did not get a hit. Carmel spent the next two years playing in the minors before retiring in 1967.

1979 Topps

An 11-game winner as a rookie in 1978, John Henry Johnson spent eight years pitching in the majors. His rookie year with the Oakland A’s was by far his best effort however. He won 11 games, posting a 3.39 ERA in 30 starts. He pitched seven complete games that year and his only two career shutouts. Johnson lost 14 games the next season, which he split between Oakland and the Texas Rangers. He remained with Texas until 1983 when he joined the Boston Red Sox for two years. After pitching in the minors in 1985, Johnson spent parts of two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers before retiring in 1987 with a 26-33 career mark.

1985 Donruss

An all star in 1985, Phil Bradley spent eight years patrolling big-league outfields, playing for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox. Bradley saw action in 23 games as a rookie for the Mariners in 1983, then hit .301 in 124 games the next season. He had the best year of his career in 1985, hitting .300 while setting career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (88) and scoring 100 runs with 22 stolen bases. In addition to playing in the All-Star Game, Bradley finished 16th in the American League MVP vote. He continued to be a solid hitter for the Mariners, batting .310 in 1986 and then hitting .297 with 40 stolen bases and 101 runs scored in 1987. However, the Mariners traded him to the Phillies in 1988 and the change of scenery was detrimental to his career. Bradley hit just .264 for Philadelphia who sent him back to the American League, trading him to the Orioles at the end of the season. He played a year and a half for Baltimore, then finished his career with the White Sox in 1990. Bradley was the starting quarterback for the University of Missouri football team from 1978-1980. He hit .286 in his career, with 78 home runs and 155 stolen bases.

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Published by Chris

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

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