Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Another Mustache Card - 1975 Topps #388 Steve Stone

I had a comment on the Carmen Fanzone post about the look alike Fanzone and Knowles cards. Alot of that may be the 1970's mustaches. I guess this card carries on that theme with another 1970’s mustache.

Steve Stone had a successful 11 season MLB career with four different teams including the Cubs. Then after his career was over, he moved into the Cub’s broadcasting booth with Harry Caray in 1983. After Harry’s death he was paired with Harry’s grandson, Chip until 2004.

Stone went to Kent State College where his battery mate at catcher was Thurman Munson. He was originally drafted by the Indians with whom he did not sign. He was later drafted and signed by the Giants.

In December of 1973, Stone was traded to the Cubs from the White Sox along with Ken Frailing and Steve Swisher for Ron Santo. Stone started 70 games for the Cubs from 1974 through 1976. During that time he compiled a record of 23 wins and 20 losses with an ERA of 4.04. After the 1976 season, Stone was granted free agency and signed with the White Sox.

In 1978, he again was granted free agency and signed with the Orioles. His three years with the Orioles were perhaps his most successful. He had a combined record of 40 wins and 21 losses with and ERA of 3.60. In 1980, Stone had a record of 25 wins and 7 losses with an ERA of 3.23. Stone was the 1980 Cy Young award winner and an AL All-Star.

Before the 1980 season, Stone was determined to have an outstanding year. During the year, over 50% of his pitches were curveballs. He realized that the heavy curveball diet would take a toll on his arm. But he believed that one career year was worth the damage that might occur. In 1981 he developed tendonitis and slumped to 4 wins and 7 losses in 1981 and retired.

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