Thursday, October 9, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #212 - Mike Caldwell

  • Mike Caldwell was going into the most successful part of his career when this card was printed. Mike had his best year in 1978. Caldwell won 22 games, led the AL with 23 complete games, and finished second in AL Cy Young Award voting. He might have won it if it weren't for Ron Guidry's dominant season.
  • Caldwell didn't start a game until the third week of the season and had only one win at the end of April. Mike won his last five starts and had complete games in eight of his last ten starts.
  • 1978 Stats: 22-9, 1 save, 2.34 ERA in 37 games (34 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 4 - Pitched a 4-hit shutout against the Kansas City Royals
    • Sept 19 - Won his twentieth game of the season by shutting out the New York Yankees on four hits. Caldwell struck out a season-high ten batters.