Friday, April 11, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #131 - Bert Blyleven

  • It is surprising that Bert Blyleven didn't get a "0" number in this set. He didn't even get a "5" number. 
  • Blyleven pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978. Bert was sent to the Pirates as part of that big 4-team deal between the Rangers, the Pirates, the New York Mets, and the Atlanta Braves.
  • Blyleven had a good year in 1978 and then had a couple of seasons with a relatively high ERA for the Pirates. He had a win in the 1979 NL Championship Series and a win in the 1979 World Series. Bert's lifetime postseason record was 5-1.
  • 1978 Stats: 14-10, 3.03 ERA in 34 starts
  • 1978 Highlights
    • April 26 - Pitched an 11-inning shutout against the New York Mets. The Pirates finally scored in the top of the 11th on a home run by Ed Ott.\
    • May 20 - Shut out the Montreal Expos on three hits as the Pirates won 6-0.
    • Aug 29 - Pitched his fourth shutout of the year against the Cincinnati Reds. Bert allowed four hits and struck out eight batters in the 5-0 Pittsburgh victory.