Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #12 - Don Aase

  • Don Aase actually pitched for the California Angels in 1978. Don was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Angels for 2B Jerry Remy after the 1977 season.
  • The 1978 season was Don's best as a starting pitcher. Don set a career high with 11 victories.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • 11-8, 4.03 ERA in 29 starts.
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 21 - Pitched his first complete game of the season as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. Don allowed the Twins' two runs in the first inning and then allowed only two baserunners for the remainder of the game.
    • July 13 - Shut out the Toronto Blue Jays on four hits. Don wasn't supposed to pitch, but Chris Knapp jumped the club due to a contract dispute and Aase got the start.
    • Aug 23 - Missed his start against the New York Yankees and was replaced by Knapp. Don was involved in an automobile accident before the game and although he wasn't injured, he was shaken up.