Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

1976 Topps #576 - Maximino Leon

  • Maximino Leon is a Mexican League Hall of Famer who pitched in six seasons in the major leagues. Leon was signed by the Atlanta Braves in 1972. Max had pitched in the Mexican League for several years before the Braves signed  him. Leon pitched in the minors in 1972 and 1973 before being brought up to Atlanta in July of 1973. Leon pitched in 12 games for the Braves in 1973 and was 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA.
  • Maximino had his best season for Atlanta in 1974. Leon started the season in AAA Richmond and was recalled after five starts. He appeared in 34 games (two of them starts) and went 4-7 with three saves and had an ERA of 2.64.
  • Leon appeared in 50 games (1 start) in 1975 and was 2-1 with six saves and had a 4.13 ERA. Maximino had another good year as a reliever in 1976. He had a 2-4 record with three saves and an ERA of 2.75.
  • Leon fell off a bit in 1977. He was 4-4 with one save and an ERA of 3.97 in 31 games (nine starts).
  • Maximino was in the minors for most of the 1978 season. He came back to Atlanta in August and made five appearances (0-0, 6.35 ERA).
  • After the 1978 season Leon was sent to Durango of the Mexican League in an "unknown transaction." Maximino pitched in the Mexican League from 1979-1991 and was selected to the Mexican League Hall of Fame in 1997.

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