Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #69 - Mike Vail


  • Mike Vail split the 1978 season between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. Vail got off to a slow start (.143) in spring training and was sold to the Indians in late March. Mike started the season in AAA Portland, but he was soon back in the majors after batting .393 in 14 games. On June 15 Mike was traded to the Cubs for Joe Wallis. Vail got more playing time and hit well in Chicago.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Portland Beavers (AAA): .393, 4 HR, 19 RBI in 14 games
    • Cleveland Indians: .235 in 14 games
    • Chicago Cubs: .333, 4 HR, 33 RBI in 74 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 24 - Had four hits and knocked in five runs in Portland's 18-4 win over the Vancouver Canadians.
    • May 9 - Went 2 for 2 and knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th in his first game back from the minors. The Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
    • July 3 - Went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI in Chicago's 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.