Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #193 - Rich Chiles

  • This is the first appearance on a Topps card by Rich Chiles since 1973.
  • Chiles was the backup left fielder and made 53 starts in 1978.
  • The 1978 season was Rich Chiles' final season in the majors. He got a card in 1979, but Chiles was released by the Twins in February 1979. Rich played two more seasons in AAA, but he didn't distinguish himself in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
  • 1978 Stats: .268, 1 HR, 22 RBI in 87 games
  • 1978 Highlights
    • Apr 23 - Saved pitcher Roger Erickson from an enraged Bobby Grich. Grich charged the mound after Erickson threw a pitch behind his ear. Bobby landed a forearm on Erickson before Chiles rushed out of the dugout and tackled Grich.
    • Aug 13 - Hit two doubles and knocked in one run in Minnesota's 2-1 victory over the Oakland A's.
    • Aug 31 - Hit his only home run of the season to help the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.