#75 Mike Garcia
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"His Walk About" - Over the course of 14 MLB Seasons Mike Garcia compiled a 142-97 record and posted a 3.27 ERA. A three time All-Star, Garcia twice won 20+ games and had a four year stretch where he won at least 18 games each year with the Indians. He spent his first 12 seasons in Cleveland forming a formidable rotation along with Bob Feller, Early Wynn, and Bob Lemon. "The Big Four" led Cleveland to the AL Pennant in 1954.
"That's Not a Knife" - But it was a cigarette, and those things will kill you too. "Mexican Mike," as the Cleveland press dubbed him, served as a sponsor of Camel Cigarettes during his playing career. Hard to imagine Clayton Kershaw pitching cigarette ads today.
"More of a love bite really..." - This card suffers from some fairly significant "snow" on the front and also boast the usual well rounded corners. Ultimately, I'd say it's in pretty good shape and see zero reason to seek an upgrade.
"Down Under" - Garcia is card #272 in the 1952 set. The two cards are actually strikingly similar, but I feel the '52 is clearly the nicer of the two. It's just far more detailed. That brings the '52 set closer, but '53 still leads 12-11-1.
"At the Oscars"3x All-Star ('52, '53, '54)
Led AL ERA 2x ('49, '54)
Led AL in Shutouts 2x ('52, '54)
9th AL MVP voting '59
2nd AL ERA '52
3rd AL Wins '52
4th AL Wins '51
4th AL Wins '54
2nd AL Shutouts '56
3rd AL Shutouts '49