Tuesday, November 26, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #26 - Rich Hebner

  • This was Richie Hebner's last year as a member of the Phillies. Hebner was the regular first baseman, but would occasionally give way to Jose Cardenal against left-handed starting pitchers. He played 3B during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-1976), but when he came to the Phillies he had to move since they already had Mike Schmidt at third.
  • After the season the Phillies signed Pete Rose and Hebner was expendable. During spring training in 1979 Richie was traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Nino Espinosa. 
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Regular Season: .283, 17 HR, 71 RBI in 137 games
    • NL Championship Series: .111 (1 for 9) in 3 games
  • 1978 Highlights: