Swings and misses

1961 Topps

Joe Hicks played in 212 games during five years in the big leagues. He played from 1959-1963 and hit .221 with 12 home runs. He played sparingly for the Chicago White Sox in his first two years, then joined the Washington Senators in 1961. Hicks played in 102 games for the team in 1962 and hit .224 with six home runs. He spent the next season with the New York Mets but returned to the minors in 1964. Hicks played two more seasons in the minor leagues before retiring in 1966.

1967 Topps

John Miller pitched in 46 games for the Baltimore Orioles between 1962-1967. He went 12-14 with a 3.89 ERA, working mostly as a starter for the Orioles. Miller’s stays in the big leagues were usually brief, but he did pitch in 23 games (16 starts) in 1966. He was 4-8 that season. His best year was 1965, when he pitched in 16 games, all starts, and finished 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA.

1973 Topps

An all star in 1970, Clyde Wright pitched for the California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers during a 10-year career. He won exactly 100 games with a 3.50 career ERA. Wright won 10 games for the Angels in 1968, then had his career year in 1970, going 22-12 with a 2.83 ERA. In addition to making the all-star team, he finished sixth in the Cy Young vote and 21st in the MVP selection. While Wright never reached those lofty heights again, he did post double-digit wins for the Angels in each of the next three seasons, before the team traded him to Milwaukee in 1974. Wright lost 20 games that season and was out of the big leagues one year later. Wright’s son, Jaret, pitched for 11 years in the majors. They wrote a book called Baseball The Wright Way. It is available for purchase here.

Gene Tenace declined our invitation to participate.

Published by Chris

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

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