Sunday, October 19, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #217 - Rod Gilbreath


  • This would be Rod Gilbreath's last season in the majors. Gilbreath played most of his games at third base in 1978, but a .331 slugging percentage was way too low for a third baseman.
  • Gilbreath was released by the Braves during spring training in 1979. Rod signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent 1979 and 1980 in AAA.
  • I just noticed while looking at Rod's cards at zistle.com that someone is selling a PSA-10 of this card for $149.99. 
  • 1978 Stats: .245, 3 HR, 31 RBI in 116 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 6 - Walked and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Braves beat the Houston Astros 2-1.
    • Aug 1 - Had three hits and knocked in three runs in Atlanta's 16-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds
    • Sept 5 - Hit a grand slam to help the Braves beat the San Diego Padres 8-1.