Friday, February 28, 2014

1963 & 1964 Topps Chris Short

I am continuing with my versions of the Chris Short cards that never were. If you read the last few posts you know that like Maury Wills, Short was missing from Topps sets during the same time period for possibly similar reasons. Unlike Wills, the missing Chris Short cards are not as well documented. 

In 1963 Chris Short was a semi-regular in the Phillies rotation. The Phillies themselves improved from a 7th place finish in 1962 to 4th place in 1963 but Short's record fell below .500 again. On the bright side, he was throwing a lot more strikeouts and his ERA dropped below 3.00 for the first time in his career.

In 1964 The Phillies had a 6 1/2 game lead in the NL pennant chase on September 20th, only to succumb to an epic 10 game losing streak to land in 2nd place behind the Cards. 

Short's season reflected the Phillies efforts as well. He was 17-7 with his last win of the season coming on September 14th. His final 5 games of 1964 resulted in 2 losses and 3 no-decisions. He also made  his first All Star appearance and even garnered a couple MVP votes. In addition to his 17-9 record, he had 181 K's and was 3rd in the NL with a 2.20 ERA. (Which is what started this whole thread)

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