Wednesday, February 21, 2024

1976 SSPC Pat Darcy

The card: We get a much closer-up view on this card, compared to most others in the set.

Playing career: Pat Darcy was coming off a rookie season in 1975 where he went 11-5. That gaudy record was largely due to the team around him, the legendary Big Red Machine. His 3.58 ERA was fairly high for the era, and 130.2 innings he walked 59 batters and struck out just 46. In 1976 his luck fell through, and he went 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 11 games. He hung around the minors for a couple more seasons but never made it back to the big leagues.

Post-playing career: Darcy has gone on to great success in commercial real estate in his hometown of Tucson, AZ. In 1993 he was pivotal in bringing the expansion Rockies to the city for their spring training headquarters. He is currently the Retail Division Head of Tucson Realty & Trust, and twice ran for mayor of the city.

My collection: I have three of his cards, this one and 1975 and 1976 Topps. I would be interested in trading for 1975 Reds Photocards #NNO.


  1. Man, Pat Darcy content here and on The Shlabotnik Report in the same day! How often does THAT happen?