Swings and misses

1972 Topps

The National League’s leader in wins in 1973, Ron Bryant pitched for eight seasons in the big leagues, going 57-56 with a 4.02 ERA for the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Bryant broke in with San Francisco in 1967, then spent the next year back in the minors. He returned in 1968 and eventually worked his way into San Francisco’s rotation. He won 14 games in 1972, then had his career year in 1973. He was 24-12 that season with a 3.53 ERA. He finished third in the Cy Young vote after the season. Bryant lost 15 games the next year and was traded to the Cardinals. He appeared in just 10 games for St. Louis before ending his career.

1981 Fleer

Sal Butera spent nine seasons as a backup catcher in the majors, playing for five teams from 1980-1988. In 359 games Butera hit .227 with eight home runs. While he played longer for the Minnesota Twins than any other team, Butera’s best season came for the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 when he hit .239 while setting career highs in RBIs (16) and runs scored (14).

1982 Fleer

Bob Owchinko pitched for six different teams during 10 seasons in the majors. In 275 games, he went 37-60 with a 4.28 ERA. His best year came for the San Diego Padres in 1978 when he won 10 games. He pitched in 202 innings that season and had a 3.56 ERA.


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

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