Friday, January 15, 2021

Cardboard Cousins: '76 Topps / '15 Archives

 2015 Archives included '57 and '76 designs. Today I picked a '76 pair, both #144. Al Fitzmorris and Yordano Ventura were starting pitchers who each won 11+ games three years in a row. Tragically, Ventura was killed in a car accident after the 2016 season. Fitzmorris was not protected by the Royals in the 1976 expansion draft despite winning 15 games for the club, due to conflicts with manager Whitey Herzog. He was drafted by the Blue Jays who traded him to the Indians. Both pitchers were on the 2019 ballot for the Royals Hall of Fame. It does not appear anyone was actually selected from this ballot; the last inductee was in 2015. 

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