Scott Fennessy sent in this 1974 Herb Washington APBA card. The “weird” thing about this card is that all things considered, it’s not that weird at all.
As most baseball historians know, Washington was used by Oakland A’s owner purely as a pinch runner in 1974. For his original card, APBA used a pinch running system which still somewhat resembled an APBA baseball card. Washington’s original 1974 card was actually featured as Monster Monday card on The APBA Blog back in 2012.
Here are Washington’s stats for 1974 for the A’s:
When APBA republished the the 1974 season six years ago, they decided to give him a standard hitting card, that is, a card we roll on for him to hit. No nifty pinch hitting system like his original card.
I’m sure many will argue that the system used for the original card for “Hurricane Herb” was imperfect but I do appreciate APBA’s willingness to think outside the box. The new Herb Washington will certainly find a role as a pinch runner as a player rated (F)ast. It also helps that he has a first column 11 too.
Some numbers puzzle me. Despite not coming to the plate, he has two 24s. He also has a 55-22. I can see the logic in giving him a standard template of the equivalent of an American League pitcher’s hitting card but those numbers make me scratch my head.