Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cards That Never Were #38

1975 Topps - Danny Cater

Yes, Danny has a card in the original 1975 Topps set, but it shows him with the Boston Red Sox. Cater was not much of a household name, but he probably should have been. He led the AL in fielding percentage for first basemen in 1968, with the Athletics. That year he also finished second to Carl Yastrzemski in batting average for the American League.

Danny was traded to the Cardinals in late March 1975. He only played in 22 games for St. Louis before his last appearance in June 1975. The Cardinals were the only one of six teams in his twelve season career that did not see Cater hit a home run.

Perhaps if Danny made it through more of the season we would have seen a final card with the Cardinals in the 1976 set. Since June 11, 1975 was his last MLB appearance, I'm treating this as a lost traded set or a later series set.

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