Pat Perry is an interesting case study. Definitely put his 1988 APBA card in the “all or nothing” category.
A reliever for his whole career, Perry pitched 47 games out of the pen for the Cubs and the Reds in 1988. For the year, he managed to get one hit. By looking at his card, I’m sure you can tell what kind of hit that was. One homerun. Aside, from the accompanying run scored and two rbis from that homerun, Perry accumulated no other stats that year in his three at-bats. No walks, no strikeouts nothing.
Some interesting points about Perry’s card
-he was awarded eight 1s for one homerun in three plate appearances. After that, the next best result number is his 51-36. Obviously, he was downgraded as some APBA purists would lay claim that he would deserve twelve 1s.
-APBA saw fit to give him two 33s and two 34s rather than the one each they give most pitchers.
-he has no 13s (remember no strikeouts) but his bunting skills would be lacking with this card. Aside from the two 33s and two 34s, his card is littered with 27s and 29s. (Like you were going to bunt with this card anyway, right?)
Perry’s homerun in 1988 was his only extra base hit he would collect in his six-year career. In 27 lifetime at-bats, he hit .148.
Special thanks to reader John Harvie for the suggestion of Pat Perry’s card!!
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