Friday, December 5, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: MICKEY LOLICH

DID MORE THAN JUST EAT INNINGS.


A WORKHORSE AND A WINNER.


THE CARD

  • The white card stock enhances the vanilla nature of the 1973 design. This pose is ordinary like the original, for the off-beat nature of '73, which featured all kinds of interesting backgrounds and "action'' shots. The '12 version, however, has the wrong silhouetted icon, one for a right-handed pitcher.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Decent and placed in a good spot under "Detroit'' with the road grays serving as the perfect background.

THE PLAYER

  • One of Detroit's favorite sons, Mickey Lolich was MVP of the '68 World Series, beating the Cardinals three times, including Game 7 against Bob Gibson
  • Lolich is the all-time AL strikeout king among left-handers with 2,679. Randy Johnson is next with 2,545. Lolich finished with 2,832, ending his career with the Mets and Padres.
  • From '71-'74, he averaged 330 innings, 20 wins and a 3.31 ERA. Let me write that again: Averaged 330 innings, 20 wins and a 3.31 ERA over four seasons.
  • Threw 376 innings in '71, which was the modern-day record until Wilbur Wood broke it a year later with 376.2.
  • Finished with 217 wins in his 16-year career but never won an AL Cy Young Award. He was runner-up in '71 to Vida Blue and third in '72.
  • Completed nearly 40 percent of his starts during his career and tossed 41 shutouts.

JERSEY NUMBERS ON SLEEVES ARE COOL.



A CHILDHOOD ACCIDENT MADE HIM A LEFTY.

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