Monday, July 26, 2021

HOF Juan Marichal

This HOF player, Juan Marichal, has a HOF worthy final Topps card. That leg kick! Too bad it appears there was no one in the stands to witness it!

Marichal was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1983 receiving 83.7% of the vote in his third year of eligibility. He appeared in 11 games in 1974, and even in two games in 1975, but either of these facts led to Topps giving him a card in either of the next two years. 

He was a 10-time All-Star, was the All-Star game MVP once, and won an ERA title. This is a pretty skimpy list of awards and recognitions for a Hall of Fame player, in my opinion. He played in 16 seasons for three teams: The Giants of San Fransisco, the Dodgers of Los Angeles, and the Red Sox of Boston. 

In his career he won 101 more games than he lost and his ERA was 2.89. Which is scorching. His 244 complete games came with 52 shut outs.  What's a strange stat to me is that he had 11 GF (Games Finished). I'm sure this is a metric for someone that came into the game after the starting pitcher (i.e. a relief pitcher), but it's just weird to see 244 Complete Games next to 11 Games Finished. Isn't a complete game a game the starting pitcher finished?

Marichal appeared in just two post seasons. 

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  1. It's a bummer he didn't get a card in '75 or '76, but I'm happy his last one featured the high leg kick. Most excellent!

  2. ...unless you count the Traded card from later that year!

    1. You're right about the traded card. But my project/aim is final base cards.

  3. Awesome card! One of my favorite cards from that set. Heck. One of my favorite cards from the decade.

  4. I don't like the set, but this was by far his best card.

  5. A shame it took until 1972 to get his kick on cardboard. I'm glad it shows up on one base card too. Also yeah I've never understood why the "games finished" stat doesn't include complete games.