1963 Topps #10 '62 American League Strikeout Leaders
But let's not give up on this card yet. We also have a bunch of other great pitchers that deserve to be highlighted on the blog.
Let's start with Juan Pizaro.
1959 Topps #188 Juan Pizarro
No, he did not conquer the Incas...that would be Francisco Pizarro. But I wouldn't mind seeing a Francisco Pizaro cut auto...here's what his autograph looks like:
Juan is one of those pitchers that almost always wins more games than he loses and pitches forever [18 seasons]. Known for his fastball, Pizaro led the league in strikeouts per nine innings in '61 and '62 [he finished 4th overall in K's those two years].
And now for some Kaat, Jim Kaat:
1970 Topps #75 Jim Kaat
Jim never lead the league in strike outs although he did finish 2nd in 1966 to Sam McDowell of the Indians [and 4th in 1962...yeah, you read that right. Kaat and Pizarro tied for 4th place in strikeouts at 173].
Jim's also the inspiration for a new craze sweeping the internet...it's called LOLKaats and it's cards of Jim Kaat with humorous sayings added usually about Jim's love of fastballs...