Sunday, December 22, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #350 - Steve Garvey (Happy Birthday Steve Garvey)

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  • Today is Steve Garvey's 65th birthday. In honor of this, GCRL has a little contest going. One lucky winner (who has to do a Garvey post today) will receive a 1952 Topps card. I don't have any 1952 Topps cards, so I figured I'd jump in.
  • Steve had the fifth of eight straight All Star appearances in 1978. Garvey led the NL with 202 hits and was second to Dave Parker in MVP voting. Garvey also had an awesome NL Championship Series (he was the MVP). Steve started the 1978 season with a 21 game hitting streak and had at least one hit in every game in April.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Regular season: .316, 21 HR, 113 RBI in 162 games
    • NL Championship Series: .389 (7 for 18), 4 HR, 7 RBI in 4 games
    • World Series: .208 (6 for 25) in 6 games
  • Highlights:
    • April 9 - Had three hits, three runs scored, three RBI, and a home run in LA's 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
    • Aug 8 - Homered twice and knocked in all three Dodger runs as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 3-2.
    • Oct 4 - Went 3 for 5 with two home runs and three runs scored as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.