Friday, May 30, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #163 - Bill North

  • Bill North was the last of the players from the Oakland A's dynasty years to escape from Charlie Finley. North started the season with the A's. It was his option year and Finley cut his salary from $75,000 to $64,000. Under Finley's orders North didn't start many games in April and May. Bill was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 17 for Glenn Burke. Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda was glad the deal was made. North was used as a fourth outfielder by the Dodgers. He posted an excellent .371 on base percentage during the regular season, but he didn't do much in the post season.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Oakland A's: .212 in 24 games
    • Los Angeles Dodgers: .234, 27 steals in 110 games
    • NL Championship Series: .000 (0 for 8) in 4 games
    • World Series: .125 (1 for 8) in 4 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 20 - Scored two runs (the tying run in the 7th inning and the winning run in the 9th inning) to help the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2.
    • Aug 30 -Went 3 for 5 with two runs scored (including the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning) as the Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos 4-3.
    • Oct 10 - Appeared as a pinch hitter and hit a 2-run double in the 7th inning of the Dodgers' 11-5 victory over the New York Yankees in game 1 of the World Series.