Swings and misses

1973 Topps

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led the National League in starts (40), shutouts (seven) and innings pitched (293.1) that season while winning 19 games. He finished fourth in the Cy Young vote that season and was sixth the next year as he again won 19 games. Billingham strung together 10 straight seasons with at least 10 wins. He was twice a World Series champion while pitching for the Reds. In seven World Series games he won two games and had a 0.30 ERA. He is also notable at the man who gave up Hank Aaron’s 714th career home run.

1986 Topps

Storm Davis pitched for 13 years in the majors, compiling a 113-96 record and a 4.02 ERA. His career began in 1982 with the Baltimore Orioles and stretched until 1994 when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers. In between he pitched for the San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals. His best year came in 1989 as a member of the A’s. He went 19-7 that season with a 4.36 ERA and helped Oakland reach the World Series. Davis did not pitch in the series after taking a loss in the ALCS. He also pitched for Oakland in the 1988 World Series and for the Orioles in the 1983 Fall Classic.

1992 Upper Deck

Tim Naehring spent eight seasons in the majors, hitting .282 with 49 home runs in 547 games. He broke in with the Boston Red Sox in 1990 and stayed with the team his entire career. His best season came in 1995 when he was the team’s starting third baseman and hit .307 with 10 home runs. He followed this with 17 home runs and a .288 average in 1996, but a shoulder injury in 1997 derailed his entire career and he ended up never playing again. Naehring is currently the New York Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations.

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

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