Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #2 Don McCormack

#17
Donald Ross McCormack
Catcher

Don McCormack was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 1974 amateur draft.  With Bob Boone as the team's regular catcher and both Keith Moreland and Ozzie Virgil passing McCormack on the organizational depth chart, he appeared in only five games with the Phillies - all as a September call-up.

After his playing days were over, McCormack came back to the Phillies organization managing the Batavia Clippers (Rookie A, 1988-1989) the Reading Phillies (AA, 1990-1993) and the Clearwater Phillies (High A, 1994-1995).  McCormack most recently managed the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League between 2001 and 2006.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  205
Born:  September 18, 1955, Omak, WA
Drafted:  Drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the June 1974 amateur draft
Major League Teams:  Phillies 1980-1981
Professional Affiliations:  Phillies 1974-1981, Detroit Tigers 1982

Phillies Career
5 games, .400 (2 for 5)
Acquired:  Via draft
Debut:  September 30, 1980 - Replaced Moreland behind the plate in the 9th inning of a 14-2 blow-out of the Cubs
Final Game:  October 4, 1981
Departed:  Released on March 29, 1982 and signed with the Detroit Tigers organization

1980 Topps #PR11
 
1981 TCMA Oklahoma
City 89ers #9
1981 Topps #PR7
 
1991 ProCards #1385
 
5 McCormack Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  1981 TCMA Oklahama City 89ers #9
Last Card:  1991 ProCards #1385

I've created two previous McCormack custom cards in the style of the 1980 and 1981 Topps sets, using his photos from the 1980 and 1981 Phillies Yearbooks.

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  N/A
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  N/A
Other Notable Cards:  1979 Oklahoma City 89ers Team Issue #21, 1982 TCMA Evansville Triplets #12, 1995 Fleer/ProCards Clearwater Phillies #231, 2007 Choice Long Island Ducks #18

Sources:  The Greatest 21 DaysBaseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

3 comments:

Johngy said...

Awesome cards!

Steve F. said...

Agreed--nice-looking cards! I had forgotten about your 1980 and 1981 versions, which also look excellent.

shlabotnikreport said...

I saw the name Don McCormack and I thought "didn't he used to manage the R-Phils?" Glad to see my memory isn't failing me (this particular time).