Wednesday, December 25, 2013

1978 Topps Baseball #48 - Don Baylor

  • Don Baylor's second year with the California Angels was a lot better than his first year. Baylor signed with the Angels as a free agent before the 1977 season and many fans gave him a hard time when he and the other big money free agents (Joe Rudi, Bob Grich) didn't meet expectations. Baylor set career highs in home runs and RBI in 1978 and finished seventh in AL MVP voting. Don would do even better in 1979 when he won the MVP and led the club to the AL West title.
  • 1978 Stats: .255, 34 HR, 99 RBI, 103 runs in 158 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 16 - Scored both California runs as the Angels beat the Oakland A's 2-1 in 11 innings.
    • May 7 - Went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and a three-run home run in California's 16-3 hammering of the Cleveland Indians.