Monday, April 21, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #141 - Ruppert Jones

  • This is the second card within a short span that mentioned "the ____ representative at the 1977 All Star Game." It's as if Topps felt like these players (Wayne Gross and Ruppert Jones) would not have been on the team if it weren't for the "every team has a representative" rule. 
  • Ruppert Jones had a big drop-off in 1978. He batted only .235 with 6 home runs after batting .263 with 24 home runs in 1977.
  • Jones had surgery to remove torn cartilage from his knee after the 1977 season. He was out for five weeks due to an emergency appendectomy in June and July.
  • 1978 Stats: .235, 6 HR, 46 RBI in 129 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 23 - Doubled in the go-ahead run in the 6th inning as the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3.
    • June 5 - Homered and doubled in Seattle's 7-3 win over the New York Yankees.