Saturday, November 9, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #8 - Mike Sadek

  • An exceptionally fine bunter? A highlight about a sacrifice from two seasons ago? Topps was really having to scrape to find something to say about Mr. Sadek.
  • If Topps had a stathead writing the card backs, perhaps the fact that Mike led NL catchers with a 44% caught stealing percentage in 1977 could have been highlighted instead. Mike only caught in 32 games in '77, but he's listed as the league leader in that category.
  • Mike was the backup catcher for the Giants for the first half of the 1978 season. Mike was injured and missed much of the second half of the season.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • .239, 2 HR, 9 RBI in 40 games (109 at bats)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 19 - Went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in as the Giants beat the LA Dodgers 10-7. Mike singled in Larry Herndon in the 7th inning to break a 7-7 tie.
    • June 18 - Scored the winning run in the 10th inning of San Francisco's 4-3 victory over the New York Mets.
    • July 19 - Suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth after a home plate collision with the Chicago Cubs' Ivan DeJesus. Mike wouldn't return to action until September 15. He started four games behind the plate from Sept. 15 - Sept. 19 and went 0 for 11.