Former New York Mets pitcher Ray Sadecki died Monday in Mesa, Ariz., from complications of blood cancer, according to his obituary in the Kansas City Star. He was 73.
Sadecki was part of the 1973 National League champion Mets team that lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. He had a 30-25 record and a 3.36 ERA in 165 games for the Mets from 1970-74 and in 1977.
Thanks to its unique and colorful design, the 1972 Topps baseball card set is my favorite from that decade. I’m slowly making progress towards completing the New York Mets team set – here are some semi-recent acquisitions:
Baseball’s hot stove season continues to depress me. I think I’m looking forward to the New York Mets’ 50th anniversary more than their 51st season.
Today was this month’s sports card show at the Rahway Senior Center, and for a change there were several dealers that had things that I wanted. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend, but I’m happy with what I bought.
Here’s a look at my new cards from Topps’ colorful 1963 and 1972 sets.