Through 75 games, the rookie-level affiliate collected just 23 victories, which amounted to a miserable .307 winning percentage. They scored 297 times but gave up 445 runs to their Pioneer League opponents. None of their hitters reached double-digit home runs and the team batting average was an awful .226.
The pitchers performed a bit better, registering a collective earned run average (ERA) of 4.75, but they still surrendered 52 long balls and uncorked 79 wild pitches.
Throw in an 18-game losing streak and the fans were less than impressed. Athletic Park welcomed just 16,827 people to the ballpark that season, which represented another last place finish in the eight-team league.
With that in mind, it seems fitting that this 30-card set from Sport Pro was created as a team souvenir. It’s a basic and forgettable offering for this edition of In The Cards. The front of each card boldly informs us of the team name, but there is no mention of the city it represents, the player or the position he plays. Photography-wise, the ball cap tells us that these are probably baseball players – and you can make out what looks like Athletic Park in the background – but the tightly cropped mug shots of each athlete leave a lot to be desired.
The back of each card is a slight improvement, with the big reveal of the city the team plays out of, as well as player names and information. Safeway, a team sponsor, got prominent placement here, too.
It should also be noted that the card stock is on the thin side, as is clear by the curl of each card when you put it down on a flat surface.
Let’s move on to a closer look at the roster, which did manage to produce a handful of Major League Baseball (MLB) players …
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