Wednesday, May 19, 2010

231 - Bill Parsons

About This Player
Bill Parsons enjoyed quick success as a Major League pitcher followed by a quick exit.  Parsons placed second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1971 after a stellar rookie season pitching a 13-17 record with an ERA of 3.20 and four shutouts.  Parsons experienced similar success in 1972 with a 13-13 record, 3.93 ERA and two shutouts.  However, Parson experienced a huge downturn with a 3-6 record and a 6.79 ERA in 1973.  He was traded in 1974 to the Oakland A's where he only pitched 2 innings over 4 games.

About This Card
As I go through each card in the 1973 Topps baseball set, the action photography sets itself apart further than any other Topps set from the 1970's.  While Topps started using more action photography in 1971 and 1972, the action is taken to a further degree in 1973.  I think the reason the card design is much simpler compared to other Topps sets was because Topps wanted to emphasize the photography.

In the case of this card, Parson is featured in game at the old Milwaukee County Stadium.

You may also want to follow the 1973 Topps Photography blog for another take specifically on the photography used in the set.

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