Scipio Spinks

Spinks won seven games as a big leaguer, pitching for the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals from 1969-1973. He pitched in just 11 games for the Astros during the first three years of his career but appeared to be on his way to a breakout season with the Cardinals in 1972. He was 5-5Continue reading “Scipio Spinks”

Phil Garner

A three-time all star, Garner spent 16 seasons playing in the majors. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1973 and had his first all-star season in 1976. Oakland dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates the following year and Garner responded with what was probably the best offensive season of his career. He hitContinue reading “Phil Garner”

Eric Soderholm

Soderholm hit 102 home runs during a nine-year major league career. He came up with the Minnesota Twins in 1971 and saw part-time duty over the next three seasons. He was the Twins starting third baseman in 1974 and 1975 but a knee injury robbed him of his 1976 season. He returned to action inContinue reading “Eric Soderholm”

Swings and misses

I am happy to say these are getting fewer and further between. But still, they happen. You can’t hit a home run every time. Here are four more players who signed the card but did not fill out the questionnaire. We shall start with Omar Moreno, mostly because he played for the 1979 Pittsburgh PiratesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Sonny Siebert

A two-time all star, Siebert won 140 big league games while pitching for six teams from 1964-1975. He came up with the Cleveland Indians in 1964 and won 16 games in 1965 and 1966. He made his first all-star team in 1966. Sporting a 2.80 ERA, Siebert finished 28th that year in the American LeagueContinue reading “Sonny Siebert”

Doug Rader

A five-time Gold Glove winner, Rader played 11 years in the major leagues, posting a .251 batting average and hitting 155 home runs along the way. He arrived with the Houston Astros in 1967 and stayed with the team until he was dealt to San Diego in 1975. Nicknamed the Red Rooster because of hisContinue reading “Doug Rader”

Leroy Stanton

Stanton hit 77 home runs over the course of nine years in the major leagues. He came up with the New York Mets in 1970 but only played in nine games for New York over the subsequent two seasons. He joined the California Angels in 1972 and got the chance to be a regular. HeContinue reading “Leroy Stanton”