I grew up a fan of the Chicago White Sox. I loved those red and powder blue and the red pinstripe uniforms. The 1976 season was the last time they wore those uniforms. The 1976 Topps set was the first complete baseball card set I ever bought. All of this combines to make this team very special to me.
The 1975 White Sox used 20 pitchers, 10 of whom were given solo cards by Topps for the 1976 set. Stan Bahnsen appeared with the Oakland A's. Jack Kucek appeared with three others (non White Sox) on a "Rookie Pitchers" card. Additionally, Clay Carroll, who was acquired after the 1975 season, was given a Traded card in the set. That leaves 9 1975 White Sox pitchers who were deemed not worthy of 1976 cards.
I could not have that many omissions from a team that meant so much to me. I found workable pictures for 6 of those pitchers and the creations are below.
Lloyd Allen finished his 7 year career with 1.5 seasons with the Sox. Earlier in his career, Allen was part of a trade that saw him cross paths with old favorite Rick Stelmaszek. Allen was purchasd by the St. Louis Cardinals in August of 1975, but did not make it to the majors with them, which does justify Topps not including Allen. Actually, his 3 games with the Sox probably justifies their decision, too. Still, I will use this as a "Career Finale" for Allen.