Sunday, December 9, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1971 Topps #211 Phil Hennigan

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, December 9, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1971 Topps #211.
  • Player Name, position, team: Phil Hennigan, pitcher, Cleveland Indians.
  • Major League Debut: September 2, 1969.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1970 stats (Indians): 42 G, 72 IP, 6-3. .667 PCT., 69 H, 34 R, 32 ER, 43 SO, 44 BB, 4.00 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Indians, #4th, January 1966. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 3. This is his first Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "A 4-sport star in high school, Phil also played baseball in college, and semi-pro ball in the Kentucky-Indiana Collegiate Lea. Was 6th in Eastern League in ERA, 1969 & was in Fla. Instr. League, 1969."
  • Commentary: Topps first all black-bordered set.  Hard to find cards from this set in near-mint to mint condition because the borders don't hide dings and bent corners very well.  And for the first time ever, pictures of the players were included on the back of the card.  Albeit portraits of said players in black & white, it was a revolutionary step back then.  Phil Hennigan's career in MLB was short.  Only five seasons with the Indians and Mets.  He did wind up with a career winning record of 17-14 with 26 saves, an career ERA of 4.26, 188 K's, and a WHIP of 1.425.  His best year was in 1971, when he saved 14 games for the Tribe (more than half of his career total) in 57 games, of which he finished 38.  He also finished with a 4-3 record and 69 strikeouts in 82 innings of work.  With the Mets in 1973, his ERA started to swell to over 6.30.  By July 7, he was sent down to the Mets's AAA team in Tidewater.  He would never return to the majors.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.60-$1.50.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 0.
In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card, but was able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. So thank you Joe McAnally and the folks at the BCCM..

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1995 Topps #211. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Come on back then to see what the Topps Card Randomizer gets us to look at then.


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