Sunday, April 29, 2012

1977 mark fidrych

so, here we are with a second straight 1977 post - proof positive that all of the non-1977 variations have been posted!  the end is in sight, or at least becoming more of a certainty.  today, we'll explore the dual awards being stripped from mark fidrych's card, as well as the adjustment of his facsimile autograph.  here is fidrych's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front, with the all-star banner and the rookie cup:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
maury wills gets a cartoon!  1962 was a big season for wills, and 1976 was a biggie for fidrych.  1977, not so much.  the bird followed up his rookie-of-the-year season by going 6-4 with a 2.89 era.  he had injured his knee shagging fly balls during spring training, and then suffered an arm injury after a handful of starts.  he was named to the all-star team, but did not appear in the game.  in fact, fidrych did not pitch at all after the all-star break due to his arm injury. unfortunately, fidrych would pitch in only 16 more big league games over the next 3 seasons before his career was over.

voici à vous, 1977 mark fidrych!