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Card of the Day: 1967 Topps Frank Howard

Man, are those some birth control glasses or what?

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Washington Senators Friday: Dick Bosman & Pete Craig

1967 Topps

That is one beaten card. But I wanted to take a look at this pair today, to see where their careers diverged. Let’s start with Dick Bosman.

Dick had been 2-6 with a 7.62 ERA in 13 games 1966, so of these 2, it looked like he might have the shorter career, but he ended up hanging on for 11 seasons, lasting up to the 1976 season. He stayed with the Senators up through their 72 move to Texas, then got dealt to the Cleveland Indians with Ted Ford for Steve Dunning. He ended up with a career 82-85 record, a 3.67 ERA, 757 Ks in 1591 innings, and an 8.8 WAR, putting him well outside the top 1,000 players to ever play. Of course, he ended up being a major league pitching coach later, coaching for the White Sox (1986-1987) Rochester Red Wings (1988-1991),  Orioles (1992-1994), and Rangers (1995-2000). He’s been a coach in the Rays’ system since 2002.

Pete Craig, in the meantime, he of the cab-door ears, had already been in the league since 1964 when this card was issued, and wouldn’t pitch in the majors in 1967. In fact, he wouldn’t pitch in the majors in any year after 1966. His major league career consisted of six games, an 11.50 ERA, and a 0-3 record with a -1.7 WAR. I have no idea what happened to him after that, but we have this small capsule of his career here.

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Finds From The National Part 1: Vintage

This is going to be a multi-entry subject, both the finds and the vintage section, so I’m going to present these without much comment unless I feel they need them; they will likely be re-presented later with more biographical information on these players.

1957 Topps

Looks a little rough, no? Cost me ten cents, as did this card:

1957 Topps

1961 Topps

I featured a reprint of this card from 2010 Topps Heritage earlier this year. Here it is:

2010 Topps Heritage

1967 Topps

1967 Topps

My oldest Frank Howard. Love it. Only cost a quarter.

1969 Topps

I saw about seven copies of this, and this was the best-centered example. Must be an issue with 1969 Topps.

That gets us through the 50s and 60s…I’ll tackle the 70s next.

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Senators #6: Mike McCormick

McCormick

1967 Topps #86
Position:
P
Bio/Summary: The first thing that jumped out at me about this guy was that he made his ML debut at 17. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen anymore. It begs the question for me – did he just jump straight from high school? Because wow. Anyway, given that start, he did okay with his career. I wasn’t expecting to see 16 seasons under his belt – and he retired at age 32! Just an odd career overall. He ended up with a 96 ERA+ for his career, which is below average, but he had some decent seasons in there. Oh, and he won the 1967 Cy Young award. How about that?
How Did I Get It?: Bought it from Checkoutmycards.net.
Did You Know?: Mike threw a rain-shortened “no-hitter” on June 12, 1959 despite allowing a hit – the no-hitter went five innings, then he allowed a hit in the sixth, which was eliminated from the official records as rain cancelled the game before the inning was completed.
Rating: 8/10 – 1967 Topps is a pretty cool design. I like the simplicity and the little faux autograph. This photograph is also pretty cool – looks like Fenway park, but I’d be really surprised given he’s wearing the home whites. Certainly doesn’t look like RFK? I don’t know.

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