Saturday, April 26, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #145 - Rick Monday

  • This card has always been odd to me. An "action" picture of a player scratching an itch isn't exactly glamorous.
  • Monday was an All Star for the second and last time in 1978. Rick started in right field and went 0 for 2.
  • The "home run" game result on the back of this card makes me think of "Blue Monday." Blue Monday was game 5 of the NL Championship Series. I can remember watching it in Mrs. Ryan's sophomore English class. My friend Jeff and I were the only ones in the class who wanted Montreal to win. Rick hit the home run that eventually won the game (and the NL Pennant) for the Dodgers.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Regular Season: .254, 19 HR, 57 RBI in  119 games
    • NL Championship Series: .200 (2 for 10) in 3 games
    • World Series: .154 (2 for 13) in 5 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • Apr 19 - Was 3 for 3 with two home runs and four RBI in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
    • Aug 15 - Had three hits, including a game-tying solo home run in the 6th inning, as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.