#302 Dan Pfister
Before there was Doug Fister, there was Dan Pfister. This is the third and final Topps card featuring Pfister, who last played in the Major Leagues in 1964. His 1962 rookie card was a five-player combo card also featuring Jim Bouton.
Like the cards for several other A’s in the ’64 set, the photo used here was actually taken in 1962. Kansas City ditched the red/blue color scheme after the ’62 season and went to the familiar green/yellow combination that we associate with the A’s today. In fact, this card just reuses the photo from his 1963 Topps card.
The question on the back asks “what was the biggest score of a ballgame?” The answer is the same now as it was in 1964: on August 25, 1922, the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23 in the highest-scoring game ever. The most a single team has scored in the World Series era is 30, which the Rangers put up August 22, 2007 against Baltimore (the final was 30-3). That game is also notable in that Texas pitcher Wes Littleton earned a save for pitching the last three innings in a game his team won by 27 runs (although it was “only” 14-3 when he entered the game).
Dan Pfister pitched in parts of four seasons with the A’s, and the vast majority of his 249.1 career innings came in 1962, when he started 25 games and went 4-14 with a 4.54 ERA, 1.431 WHIP, OK enough 8.0 H/9 and icky 1.16 K/BB ratio. In his first career start, he threw a complete game three-hitter but lost 1-0 to Detroit.
He worked his way through the KC system, starting in 1957. He didn’t pitch particularly well at any level and was hideous in AA in 1961, but since the A’s were terrible he got a cup of coffee with the team that season in September.
After a full season in ’62, he made only three appearances in 1963 before being shut down for the season (presumably due to injury but I have no confirmation as to why he didn’t pitch after April 27).
He returned in 1964 as a reliever and spot starter, but after posting a 6.53 ERA in 41.1 IP with 29 walks, 21 strikeouts and 10 homers allowed, he was done as a big leaguer as of July 31. He went to AAA and pitched fairly well, but by 1965 was demoted to AA. Pfister was out of pro ball at age 28.
After retiring, he became a firefighter in Hollywood, Florida, and also turned into an avid softball player. In 1994, he went with an over-55 softball team to a world series in Las Vegas.
Pfister is currently 75 years old.