I do not know why I have this card.
I was one year old in 1973 and I do not think I went to the corner drug store to buy a pack of baseball cards as a toddler. But here was the 1973 Eddie Fisher card sitting in my shoebox in my closet.
I suppose maybe one of my cousins had the card. I remember at my grandmother’s beach house there were a smattering of random baseball cards lying about. Maybe I swiped it and all these years later, it wound up in my closet.
Either way, 1973 was the final year of Fisher’s career. He was a product of the San Francisco Giants farm system, joining the organization in their first year in California. He was shipped off to the White Sox in the deal that sent Billy Pierce to the Giants.
In Comiskey, he had his finest seasons. Learning the knuckleball from his White Sox teammate and future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm, Fisher made the 1965 All Star Team while winning 15 games and saving 24 out of the bullpen.
In 1966 he was on the move again, this time to Baltimore as the Orioles were gunning for their first pennant in Maryland and second in franchise history after the 1944 St. Louis Browns. He pitched well for the Birds and earned his only World Series ring in the process.
Fisher bounced between the Indians and Angels before returning to the White Sox for the 1972 season. A year later, as this card was issued, he went to St. Louis and played his final big league games after a solid 15 year career.
While I was too young to purchase this set of cards, I always loved this Topps design. The simple font and framing was accented by the silhouette of the player in the correct position.
I have no memory of the powder blue White Sox uniforms with the red hats. I do not feel cheated by not having that memory.
I still don’t know why I have this card.
And yes, I know he has the same name of the singer who was also Carrie Fisher’s dad.