Monday, November 16, 2009

1976 Topps #269 - Rick Austin

  • Rick Austin had two stints in the major leagues. He spent two years with the Cleveland Indians and two years with the Milwaukee Brewers. Austin was the 6th pick (chosen by the Indians) in the 1968 draft. He pitched in the minors from 1968 until the middle of the 1970 season. Rick made his debut for the Indians on June 21, 1970. He was 2-5 with three saves and a 4.79 ERA in 31 games (8 starts) in 1970.

  • In 1971 Rick split time between the minors and the Indians. With the Indians in '71 he was 0-0 with one save and a 5.09 ERA in 21 relief appearances. Austin bounced around in the minors in 1972 and 1973 and didn't post very impressive numbers. He was released by the Indians in the middle of the '73 season and picked up by the Brewers. After the 1973 season Rick was released by the Brewers. He spent the 1974 season pitching for the Hankyu Braves in Japan.

  • Austin signed with the Brewers again before the 1975 season. He started the season in the minors and was brought up in late June. In 32 relief appearances Austin was 2-3 with two saves and an ERA of 4.05. In 1976 Rick spent most of the season in the minors. He appeared in three games with the Brewers in late June and that was it for his major league career.

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