1977 was the first year that O-Pee-Chee baseball started wandering far afield of its Topps counterpart. Today we’ll look at the Doc Medich card that OPC was able to update because they went to press well after Topps did.
Doc is from western Pennsylvania and went to the University Of Pittsburgh, but unfortunately only got to spend one year in the Pirates’ black & gold.
During Spring Training of 1977, he was sent to Oakland in a 9 player trade that also involved Phil Garner, Tony Armas, Rick Langford and Mitchell Page.
I don’t know when the OPC set was “put to bed”, but perhaps the last minute aspect of the trade would account for this airbrushing job:
Doc was in his “walk year”, and moved around a lot in 1977. He went 10-6 for Oakland but was sold to the Mariners in mid-September. He made three starts for the M’s and went 2-0 before being claimed on waivers by the Mets. Medich gave up 6 hits and 3 runs and took the loss in his only game for the Mets. After the season he signed with the Rangers as a free agent, and was airbrushed into a Rangers cap on his 1978 card.
I’m not sure how I missed Medich’s one game Mets stint when I did my two-part series on “Short-Term Mets“… At some point I may have to do a follow-up to those posts.