Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#126 Chuck Estrada Sport Magazine Rookie Star

Chuck Estrada  Baltimore Orioles

Career: Estrada started off with a bang by winning 33 games in his first two seasons in the majors with the Orioles. He suffered an arm injury in 1962 and his career slid downhill. He went 9-17 for the '62 but his numbers were not all that different from the previous two years. From there he hung on for a couple more years with the Orioles and ended his active days with stints with the Cubs and Mets. He worked as a pitching coach for several organizations after that.

In 1960: Estrada finished second to teammate Ronnie Hansen in the Rookie of the Year balloting. He made the All Star team

WikiFacts: In that 1960 All Star Game Estrada pitched one eventful inning. After getting two outs he gave up four straight hits and a run before fanning Bob Friend to stop the bleeding. Ernie Banks, Joe Adcock, Bill Mazeroski and Del Crandell were the guys who got the hits.

In 1966 the Orioles dealt Estrada to the Angels prior to the season. He was returned to the Orioles in May without having seen any action in California. The very next day the Orioles dealt him to the Cubs.

The Card: The cartoon makes note of his great minor league strike out prowess. He was pretty good at issuing walks as well. The write-up turned out to be correct. For awhile he WAS a bright A.L. star.

Awesome orange rookie card. I love these almost as much as the managers subset.

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