Tuesday, November 4, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #224 - Jerry Tabb

  • Jerry Tabb starred for the University of Tulsa from 1971-1973. Tabb was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1971 College World Series and was an All-American in 1973. Tabb was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round in 1973. He continued to take classes at the University of Tulsa and got his degree in petroleum engineering in 1976.
  • Tabb worked his way through the Cubs system and earned a September call-up in 1976. Jerry batted .292 in 11 games for the Cubs.
  • After the 1976 season Jerry was purchased by the Oakland A's. Tabb hit very well in AAA San Jose (.344 in 84 games). Jerry played for the A's for various stretches during the 1977 season and batted .222 with 6 HR and 19 RBI in 51 games. Tabb's progress was blocked by new first baseman Dave Revering.
  • Jerry Tabb spent May 1978 with the Oakland A's. That was the last of his time in the major leagues. Tabb played in 97 games for the AAA Vancouver Canadiens and hit very well, but he retired after the 1978 season.
  • Jerry went on to be an oil engineer for Texaco and Chevron. He is now the owner of C-T Oil & Gas Consultants in Texas.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Oakland A's: .111 (1 for 9), 0 HR, 1 RBI in 12 games
    • Vancouver Canadiens (AAA): .357, 18 HR, 75 RBI in 97 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 12: Appeared as a pinch hitter and singled in a run in Oakland's 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.