Swings and misses

John Mayberry hit 255 home runs in 15 big league seasons. He was twice an all star and showed up in the MVP vote on four different occasions. He twice led the American League in walks and once in on base percentage. He hit .291 with 34 home runs and 106 RBIs for the 1975Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Ron Schueler

Schueler went 40-48 over a eight-year stretch in the big leagues. He made his debut with the Atlanta Braves in 1972 and spent the 1973 season with Atlanta as well. He had what was probably the best year of his career in 1974 while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. Schueler won 11 games that season,Continue reading “Ron Schueler”

Tito Fuentes

Fuentes spent 13 years in the big leagues, mostly playing second base for the San Francisco Giants. He came up with San Francisco in 1965 and was a starter the following season, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year vote. He remained the Giants’ starting second baseman through the 1974 season. His best yearContinue reading “Tito Fuentes”

Merv Rettenmund

Rettenmund played for 13 seasons in the majors, coming up with the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He finished 19th in the 1971 MVP vote while playing for Baltimore. Appearing in a career-high 141 games, Rettenmund hit .318 that year with 11 home runs, 75 RBI and 81Continue reading “Merv Rettenmund”

J.R. Richard

One of the best pitchers in baseball for the latter half of the 1970’s, Richard won 107 games before his career was derailed by a stroke in 1980. Richard’s first appearance was with the Houston Astros in 1971. He pitched in four games that year and four more the following season. He continued to shuttleContinue reading “J.R. Richard”

Chuck Seelbach

Seelbach spent just four seasons in the big leagues, all of them with the Detroit Tigers. He was an integral part of Detroit’s pitching staff in 1972, going 9-8 with a 2.89 ERA and 14 saves in 61 games. He pitched 112 innings that year and finished 34 games, helping the Tigers reach the ALCS.Continue reading “Chuck Seelbach”

Dave Duncan

Before becoming Tony LaRussa’s right-hand man, Duncan caught for 11 seasons in the big leagues, mostly for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, but also for the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. He came up as an 18-year old with Kansas City in 1964, appearing in 25 games before going to the minors. Duncan spent the nextContinue reading “Dave Duncan”

Swings and misses

This is a super-sized edition of Swings and Misses, which catalogs posts from players who do not return the survey. All five of these men signed the card though, which was pretty cool, all things considered. Don’t forget, you can click the link for their career stats. Batting leadoff, we have Cleveland Indians infielder RayContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Rudy Meoli

Meoli spent six seasons in the big leagues, between the years 1971-1979. He came up with the California Angels in 1971, but appeared in just seven games. After spending 1972 in the minors, he was back with the Angels in 1973. He was the team’s starting shortstop for most of the season, playing in 120Continue reading “Rudy Meoli”