John D’Acquisto

Sporting News’ Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1974, D’Acquisto pitched for 10 seasons in the big leagues, mostly for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. He had his best season as a rookie for the Giants in what was his second year in the big leagues. He came up in 1973 andContinue reading “John D’Acquisto”

Wally Westlake

An all star in 1951, Westlake belted 127 home runs during a 10-year stretch in the big leagues from 1947-1956. He came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947 and played in 112 games, hitting .273 with 17 long balls for the Bucs that season. He remained a starting outfielder for Pittsburgh until his all-starContinue reading “Wally Westlake”

Mark Wagner

Wagner served as a backup infielder for three teams from 1976-1984. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1976 and played in 39 games. He enjoyed the best year of his career with Detroit in 1979, hitting .274 in 75 games. Wagner was dealt to the Texas Rangers in 1981. He spent three yearsContinue reading “Mark Wagner”

Swings and misses

Six cards came back with autographs but no questionnaires. Two more came back with bad addresses. Here’s a rundown of our most recent failures. I like to send out old Diamond King cards from time to time because I think they look cool autographed. Unfortunately their return rate is pretty low. The occasions where theyContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Rob Sperring

Sperring saw action in 208 big league games, playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros from 1974-1977. He hit .211 in 473 at bats, with the majority of his success coming with the Cubs in the first three years of his career. His best year came in his third, and final, season withContinue reading “Rob Sperring”

Rodney Scott

A speedster, Scott swiped 205 bases during eight seasons in the big leagues. He played in a handful of games for the Kansas City Royals in 1975, then made a brief appearance for the Montreal Expos the following season. Scott saw action in 133 games in 1977 for the Oakland A’s, shuffling between second baseContinue reading “Rodney Scott”

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”