Friday, January 21, 2011

#576 Terry Fox

#576 Terry Fox
It just occurred to me that most of the 1965 Topps cards that I own are pretty well-centered. This one, of course, is ridiculously miscut. No biggie.

Fun facts about Terry Fox:

-A Chicago native, Terry began his pro career with the New Iberia (LA) Pelicans of the Evangeline League. He went 21-12 with a 2.95 ERA for the club in 1955, and the Braves subsequently acquired him.

-He won 21 games in relief over two seasons at AAA Sacramento to earn a September callup in 1960. The 25-year-old allowed 4 earned runs in 8.1 innings out of the Milwaukee bullpen.

-Fox joined the Tigers the following season via trade and immediately became a relief ace, allowing only 9 earned runs in 57.1 innings (1.41 ERA) and going 5-2 with a team-leading 12 saves.

-He earned his first career win with four strikeouts in three innings of scoreless relief on April 19, 1961. The Tigers trailed Cleveland 2-1 when Fox replaced Jim Bunning in the seventh inning, and he held down the Tribe as Detroit rallied for four runs in the eighth.

-Terry again paced Detroit pitchers with a career-high 16 saves in 1962. His earned run average was a paltry 1.71.

-Overall, he led the Tigers in saves in four out of his five full seasons with the team, totaling 54 saves in that span.

-Fox seemed to lose his touch at age 30, allowing 7 earned runs (and 3 home runs) in 10 innings before being shipped off to the Phillies in May 1966. His ERA in Philadelphia came down a bit, but was still a mediocre 4.47.

-The Phils sent him down to AAA San Diego in 1967, and he spent his last professional season there.

-In parts of seven MLB seasons, Terry was 29-19 with a 2.99 ERA and 59 saves.

-At last check, he was still making his home in New Iberia, LA.
#576 Terry Fox (back)


  1. Teams seemed to give up on players much sooner than they do now; perhaps that's because they have much more money invested in them today. Today, I'm almost sure someone would have given Fox another shot, given that he had been fairly successful.

  2. Marc - And if he were a lefty, he'd still be pitching today!