Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Friday, October 30, 2009

1960 Topps Giants - Part 4 (pitchers)

Jack Sanford (#165) was 12-14 with a 3.78 ERA in 34 starts. He led the Giants with six shutouts. Jack also led the NL with 15 wild pitches. Sanford started three games in the 1962 World Series adn was 1-2. He continued to pitch for the Giants until August 1965, when he was purchased by the California Angels.

I'm less than 70 cards from completing the 1960 set. Most of them are high numbers. Mike McCormick (#530) was the Giants' ace in 1960. He was 15-12 with a league-leading 2.70 ERA in 34 starts and also had three saves in six relief appearances. Mike started with the Giants as a 17-year-old bonus baby in 1956 and stayed with the Giants through the 1962 season. He returned to the Giants in 1968 after spending a few years with Baltimore and Washington in the American League. He went back to the American League in 1970 and pitched in his final game with the Kansas City Royals in 1971. McCormick pitched in the minors in 1972 and 1973 but didn't make it back to the majors.

Johnny Antonelli (#80 and #572) was at the end of his career in 1960. He was a spot starter and a reliever at this point in his career. Johnny was 6-7 with 11 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 41 games (10 starts). After the season he and Willie Kirkland were traded to the Cleveland Indians for Harvey Kuenn. Johnny pitched for the Indians and for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961, then retired at the age of 31. He never pitched in the minor leagues. He looks kind of like Scotty from Star Trek.

Joe Shipley (#239) was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 games for the Giants in 1960. He pitched in the minors from 1953-1965. Joe had major league stints in 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1963.

It's hard to imagine Billy Loes (#181) in a Giant uniform. I always think of him as a Brooklyn Dodger. Loes appeared in 37 games for the Giants in 1960 and was 3-2 with five saves and a 4.93 ERA. He finished his career in 1961 at the age of 31. The Giants sold Loes to the New York Mets after the 1961 season. The Mets returned him to the Giants a few months later (good thing they had a receipt) and Loes was cut during spring training in 1962.

Julio Navarro (#140) didn't pitch for the Giants in 1960. He pitched in the minors from 1955-1962. He finally made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Angels after being purchased from the Giants in September 1962. He pitched in the majors off and on for the Angels and for the Detroit Tigers from 1962-1965, then was in the minors again from 1965-1971. He had a 17-game stint with the Atlanta Braves in 1970.

Eddie Fisher (#23) made three appearances (one start) for the Giants in 1960. He was 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA. He spent most of the season with AAA Tacoma, where he was 17-12 with a 3.31 ERA. Fisher pitched in the majors for several teams until 1973.

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