Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pitchers who never appeared on baseball cards

(Continued from last post)

Here are the pitchers (last MLB game 1999 or earlier) with the most career innings pitched who never appeared on a regular-issue Topps baseball card.  

(The first column in the is actually the number of *thirds* of innings.  The year is the player's last MLB game.)

IP*3   year   
1246   1998    Rich Robertson
1170   1988    Salome Barojas
1158   1999    Doug Johns
1095   1958    Jim McDonald
1036   1965    Marshall Bridges
 885   1998    Matt Beech
 851   1998    A.J. Sager
 838   1955    Fred Baczewski
 801   1966    Jim Duckworth
 725   1956    Dick Marlowe
 711   1983    Steve Baker
 691   1955    Al Corwin
 677   1999    Jim Pittsley
 636   1997    Vaughn Eshelman
 608   1987    Keith Creel

Marshall Bridges and Jim Duckworth are the two with no major issue cards at all.  Bridges pitched 345 1/3 innings in his career, Duckworth 267 innings.

Barojas and Creel both appeared in Fleer and Donruss.  Baker appeared in the 1983 Topps Traded set.  The 1950s players appeared in Bowman.  The 90s players appeared in one of the many other sets around at the time.

Here's a brief online conversation I found about why there was never a card for Bridges.

(Update, 6/28: Removed Randy St. Claire from the list; he shouldn't have been there.  Thanks to Don for letting me know in the comments.)

(Update, 2/4/14: Removed William Van Landingham, he appeared on a 1995 Topps card.  Thanks to an anonymous commenter.)

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At Friday, June 28, 2013 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Don said...

Randy St. Claire has appeared on Topps cards from 86-90. I cross referenced using a player search on trading card database (tradingcarddb dot com.

At Friday, June 28, 2013 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Phil Birnbaum said...

Oops! My mistake, he was one of those "St." players who didn't cross-reference right. I'll take him off the list. Thanks, Don!

At Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

William VanLandingham appeared in 1995 Topps.

At Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:28:00 PM, Blogger Phil Birnbaum said...

Oops! Thanks, another player who didn't reference right.


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