I plan on using this post as a way to generate ideas for the '59 Topps posts. A practice run if you will.
Let's see how this goes....
1972 Topps Clay Kirby # 173
Career beginnings: Drafted in the 3rd round of the 1966 amateur draft. The Padres made him their 12th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.
- Clay won no individual awards during his 7 year career.
- He led the NL with 20 losses in 1969.
- Clay was also one of 6 starters on the 1975 Cincinnati Reds team that won the World Series; however he did not appear in either the NLCS against the Pirates, or the World Series against the Red Sox.
Clay Kirby passed away in 1991 at the age of 43 from a heart attack.
|The Padres lost his no hitter in the 9th, and the game, 3-1.|
Career Line: 75-104, 3.84 ERA, 1.384 WHIP
Loved to face (career, min 20PA): Garry Maddox--2 for 26 with 7 K's (.077)
Hated to face (career, min 20PA): Davey Lopes--12 for 26 (.462)
How did he fare in 1972?
- 12-14 with a 3.13 ERA for a Padres team that went 58-95.
- On June 7th, Clay pitched the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Pirates, going 13 innings (imagine that happening in today's game!!), and lost 1-0. That start was one of 4 (!) times that he pitched 10 innings or more during the '72 season. My arm started to hurt just thinking about that.
I found this auction on eBay; the cheapest card up for sale was $1.25 including shipping.
After previewing this post, I can see that some tweaks need to be made. I'm pretty sure that the length of these posts will also vary, based on the player (star players like Mantle will have longer posts, while guys that didn't play as much will likely be a much quicker read...).
I welcome suggestions from anyone out there. I'm sure that others may want to see things that I may not have thought about here, and those who have experience writing about sets likely will have thoughts that will be beneficial to me.
Marcus, thank you for the PWE that you sent today, the cards were really appreciated!
thanks for reading, Robert