Thursday, November 6, 2014
#347 - Rick Langford
What a card: Rick Langford received a card even though he appeared in just three games in 1984 (and just seven in 1983). He was recovering from elbow surgery, which he had in 1983.
My observation on the front: Who knows when this photo was taken since Langford wasn't equipped to pitch in 1984. Possibly an earlier photo.
More opinion from me: If Langford didn't dress up as Snidely Whiplash for Halloween, he missed a hell of an opportunity.
Something you might know: Langford threw 22 consecutive complete games on his way to winning 19 games for the 1980 Oakland A's.
Something you might not know: A's pitching coach Art Fowler was said to have taught all of the team's starters the spitball during his tenure. The Yankees' manager at the time, Gene Michael, said a number of A's pitchers threw spitballs against his team, "but Langford was the worst."
My observation on the back: The first player to 300-300, of course, was Willie Mays. Since Mays and Bonds did it, only six others have joined the club.
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