Friday, September 23, 2011

1976 Hostess #92 - John Candelaria

  • This card is a victim of some kid's poor cutting skills. Hey kid----the lines are your friends! ;)
  • This card was printed right at the beginning of a nice career.
  • The Pirates didn't win the NL East in 1976, but John did his part to keep the club competitive. Candelaria was 16-7 with a 3.15 ERA during the season.
  • John pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on national television on August 9. A third inning walk to Steve Yeager and two Pirate errors were the only things that prevented Candelaria from pitching a perfect game.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? just before peak --- John's best year was 1977.

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