Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Three From The 1975 Set That Were Really not 1975 Cubs

The next three cards currently in my collection are players who for one reason or another did not appear in a Cubs uniform during the 1975 season.

#233 Billy Grabarkewitz – Grabarkewitz was purchased by the Cubs from the Phillies in July 1974. He played in 53 game for the Cubs during 1974 batting .248 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs. He was released by the Cubs in March 1975.

#258 Dave LaRoche – LaRoche played 2 years (1973 & 1974) for the Cubs collecting a record of 9 wins and 7 losses in 94 games. His ERA as a Cub was 5.17.In February 1975, LaRoche was traded to Cleveland along with Brock Davis for Milt Wilcox. LaRoche had a 14 year career in MLB with five different teams. He appeared in 617 games with nearly 50% as an Angel.

#338 Rick Stelmaszek – Stelmaszek was traded to the Cubs by the Angels for Horacio Pina in July 1974. He played in 25 games for the Cubs during 1974 and then spent the 1975 season in the minor leagues at Wichita. The Cubs traded him to the Yankees in 1976 but Stelmaszek did not play in the majors after September 1974.

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