Friday, October 9, 2015
Airbrushed Fridays: 1975 Topps #572
Just happy to be here.
Who is he? Roger Nelson pitched professionally for 17 seasons, though he only appeared in 135 big league games. His minor league career began in 1963 and ended in Portland in 1979 with Pittsburgh's AAA affiliate. Although he was able to be a full time starter for a couple of seasons, there were only a handful of years where he didn't log at least some time in the minors. His best season was with the Royals in 1972, where he split time between the bullpen and the rotation and led the league in some sort of futuristic space stat called WHIP.
How did he get here? After his standout season, the Royals decided to move him along to Cincinnati in a deal that included future angry person Hal McRae. After two seasons in the bullpen with the Big Red Machine, Nelson was bought up by the Chicago White Sox who proceeded to dump him before the season ever started, rendering his so-called appearance in this uniform entirely fraudulent.
Repeat offender? No
Other versions of this card: None
Airbrushed Score: 10
Comments: This one is immortalized on his Baseball-Reference.com page.