Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1975 Topps #604 - Oscar Zamora

Oscar Zamora is featured on card # 604 of the 1975 Topps set. Zamora played 15 seasons in professional baseball. However, parts of 14 seasons were spent in the minors. Zamora played parts of three seasons in the majors. Only one season was spent entirely in the majors (1975). As a Cub, Zamora was a reliever. He pitched in 148 games for the Cubs winning 13 and losing 14. His ERA as a Cub was 4.34 with 23 saves. Zamora became expendable in 1976, when Bruce Sutter arrived on the scene. He was granted Free Agency in November 1977 and signed with Houston. He played in 10 games for Houston before his MLB career ended.

During his years with the Cubs, Zamora gave up an average of more than one hit per inning (236 hits in 209 2/3 innings). Cubs fans made up a song to the tune of “That’s Amore”.

“When the pitch is so fat,”
“That the ball meets the bat,”
“That’s Zamora.”

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