Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cards That Never Were: Eddie Fisher Topps 1973

This is a recurring series in which I created cards for players who were missed in various sets over the years.  It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many others to list, but I appreciate all of them.
Pitcher Eddie Fisher made his MLB debut in 1959 with the San Francisco Giants.  After 3 seasons (33 appearances), he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, where he pitched for the next 4+ seasons.  In 1965, he lead the league in appearances and games finished.
In 1966, he again lead the league in appearances, but they were split between the Sox and the Baltimore Orioles to whom he got traded midseason.  He stayed in Baltimore for a season and a half, before being dealt to the Cleveland Indians.  After a season in Cleveland, he was on the move again, landing with the California Angels, where he stayed for two plus seasons, before he was traded back to the White Sox in mid-1972.  Fisher finished his career with St. Louis, after they purchased his contract from the Sox in mid-1973.
As far as cards go, Fisher was represented in every Topps set from 1960 through 1973, except 1962, after appearing in 15 games in 1961.  This was odd, because he got a card in 1961 after only 3 appearances in 1960.  The 1962 season would be his breakout year, too.
Fisher did not get a card in the 1974 set, despite having 32 total appearances (between the Sox and Cardinals).  The Cardinals released him in October, which probably sealed his fate for the 1974 Topps set.
I don't let things like that deter me, especially when it concerns Chicago players of my youth.  In this case, I had to put a former Chicago player in another uniform, which is never fun, but it is necessary at times.
This Eddie Fisher never married Elizabeth Taylor (I am sure he heard that joke hundreds of times), but he did have a respectable 15 year career, going 85-70 with 82 saves.  Now, he also has a 1974 Topps card.

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