Weird Card Wednesday: 1974 Herb Washington


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:

Season Totals
1974 Totals 92 0 0 0 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 16 0 0
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Generated 4/3/2018.
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Washington’s original 1974 card


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.

Thanks, Scott!

Thomas Nelshoppen

I am an IT consultant by day and an APBA media mogul by night. My passions are baseball (specifically Illini baseball), photography and of course, APBA. I have been fortunate to be part of the basic game Illowa APBA League since 1980 as well as the BBW Boys of Summer APBA League since 2014. I am slogging through a 1966 NL replay and hope to finish before I die.


  1. Steve Greenberg

    “Updating” Herb Washington’s card is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Herb NEVER came to the plate in his major league “career” (105 games in 1974 and 1975 seasons and 5 in the 1974 post-season).
    Why kill an innovative idea by making “Pinchrunner” Herb a mediocre fielder and hitter, since he never played as either?
    BTW – Happy Birthday Herb, who turns 66 on April 4, 2018!

  2. Hello APBA bloggers. I was curious if anyone could make a determination as to how many bases he could steal on this card if only used as a pinch runner as meant?

    My personal guess is that he wouldn’t get the 29 based on how the current hit and run charts punish would be base stealers.

  3. Modern card is unrealistic, lame, and boring. Combine his original card with Ken Holtzman on the original 74 As and now we’re having fun.

  4. Paul L Manocchio

    Did anyone notice in the original card Herb was born in 1950 and in the card copyrighted 2012 in 1951…..which correct?

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