Wednesday, December 11, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #40 - Carl Yastrzemski

  • Carl Yastrzemski had back problems and a bout with bronchitis during the 1978 season, but he still managed to play in 144 games. Carl was elected to start in the 1978 All Star Game, but he declined in order to rest his ailing back.
  • I like the little plaques that indicate the player was an All Star. They look better than the "banner" style that Topps sometimes used.
  • 1978 Stats: .277, 17 HR, 81 RBI in 144 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 14 - Went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBI in Boston's 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
    • June 17 - Grounded a bases loaded single through a drawn in infield in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game. The Red Sox came from behind to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
    • Sept 6 - Hit a 2-run home run for the only runs in the game as the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0.