Monday, July 7, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #182 - Jim Spencer

  • Jim Spencer was acquired by the New York Yankees in a trade for Stan Thomas and cash in December 1977. Jim went from being a Gold Glove first baseman in 1977 to being a part-time designated hitter and backup first baseman in 1978. Spencer appeared in 71 games but only came to the plate 166 times.
  • 1978 Stats: 
    • Regular season: .227, 7 HR, 24 RBI in 71 games
    • AL Championship Series: did not play
    • World Series: .167 (2 for 12) in 4 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 25 - Homered off of Jim Palmer in the top of the 9th inning to make the score 4-1. The home run was significant since the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th. The Yankees beat Baltimore 4-3.
    • May 26 - Pinch hit for starting DH Cliff Johnson in the 7th inning and hit a grand slam. The Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.
    • July 30 - Doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Yankees held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3.