Thursday, November 28, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #28 - Ed Ott

  • Ed Ott split time with Duffy Dyer at catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978. Ott started 92 games (usually against right-handed pitchers) behind the plate. Ed was below league average in fielding percentage (.975 compared to .985), but he improved his fielding in 1979 (.994).
  • 1978 Stats: .269, 9 HR, 38 RBI in 112 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 26 - Hit his first home run of the season in the 11th inning of a 0-0 game. It was Bert Blyleven's first victory in the National League.
    • July 16 - Appeared as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning of a 2-2 game. Ed doubled off of Rollie Fingers and came around to score the go ahead run on a single by John Milner. The Pirates won the game 3-2.
    • Aug 28 - Singled in Dave Parker with two out in the 12th inning to win the game and keep the Pirates' 9-game winning streak going. The Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3.