I redeemed a few more Topps Million Card Giveaways today. One of them provided an interesting moment - the 1977 Topps Astros Team Card:
I had no idea Super Mario was a ballplayer before embarking on an exciting career in the field of plumbing!
I decided I had to figure out who this guy was, but despite looking all over the rosters of the 1976 and 1977 Astro teams I could not find a picture to definitively ID our hero in orange, yellow-orange, and puke-orange. My best guess is that it may be reliever Gene Pentz:
I dunno....the mustache doesn't look dark enough.....
Assuming it was Pentz, I looked up his numbers - going by the stats he appears to have been a solid relief pitcher. In 104 games appearances he want 8-9 with a 3.63 ERA in 191 Innings, and also had 116 strikeouts and 7 saves. It appears his career was cut short due to injury in just his third full season in the majors.