Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #84 - Kent Tekulve

  • I wonder if the first team to do the "several different uniforms during a season thing" was the Pittsburgh Pirates. It seems like they had at least 3-4 different uniforms in this set.
  • Kent Tekulve had a very nice year as the main reliever for the Pirates in 1978. Kent finished fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting and 13th in NL MVP voting. Tekulve led the NL in appearances with 91 and had a career-high 31 saves. Kent started the 1978 season as a middle reliever and he didn't get his first save until May 7. 
  • 1978 Stats: 8-7, 31 saves, 2.33 ERA in 91 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 14 - Had his longest outing of the season as he pitched 4 innings and earned the save. The Pirates beat the Houston Astros 6-4.
    • Sept 1-3 - Pitched in four straight games (including both games in a doubleheader) and had two saves and a win during that span.