Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#264 - Joe Sambito

What a card: This card marks Joe Sambito's return to trading cards after Topps, Donruss and Fleer all left him off their 1984 sets. Sambito missed the 1983 season due to Tommy John surgery.

My observation on the front: Sambito appears to be warming up in the bullpen, which is appropriate since he started just five of the 461 games in his pitching career.

More opinion from me: Sambito is 6-foot-1, but he looks rather tiny in this photo.

Something you might know: Sambito was one of the Astros' most successful relievers for a short period of time, excelling in 1979 and 1980 before arm problems derailed is career.

Something you might not know: Sambito was knocked around by the Pirates in his major league debut in July 1976, giving up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. After the game, catcher Skip Jutze went up to a reporter in the locker room and asked him to talk to Sambito, who was sitting alone in front of his locker. Jutze wanted Sambito to feel wanted because he didn't think he would be around very long.

My observation on the back: Since Hough's 17 complete games in '84, only three other pitchers have led the league with more -- Bert Blyleven (24, 1985), Fernando Valenzuela (20, 1986) and Roger Clemens (18, 1987).

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.

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