…Answering the age-old question, “Who are these guys?”
Don Eddy: Don Eddy was a lefty reliever in two seasons with the White Sox, although both came before this card. Overall he pitched in 29 games and finished with a 2.39 ERA. He also got a double in his only Major League at bat. Halfway through the 1972 season he was traded to the Padres, but that mainly meant that he played his AAA games in Hawaii instead of Tucson. 1973 was his final season.
This card is Mr. Eddy’s sole cardboard appearance.
Dave Lemonds: In 1968, Lemonds was an outstanding college pitcher for North Carolina, averaging more than a strikeout per inning and being named a first-team All-American. That June, the Cubs took him with the first overall pick. (Side note: The biggest name in the first round, by far, was #13 Steve Garvey). He made it up to the Cubs for a cup of coffee in 1969.
After the 1970 season, he was traded across town to the White Sox. He made it back to The Show in 1972, where he spent the entire season at the back of the White Sox rotation. On August 11th of that year, with the Chisox and A’s battling for first, he went toe-to-toe with Catfish Hunter. Lemonds shut down the A’s for 6.2 innings, giving up 2 hits, one walk and no runs en-route to a 1-0 White Sox victory.
Lemonds would pitch in AAA in 1973 and 1974 before retiring.
This was the second of three cardboard appearances for Lemonds. He was also a “Rookie Star” in 1971, and in 1973 he had the double luxury of having his own card and not being airbrushed.
Closest To Being A Star: Although neither player had a prolonged MLB career, Lemonds was a top prospect and had that game against the A’s to put on his C.V., so I’ll name him as the closest.