Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #251 - Don Kirkwood

  • Don Kirkwood pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1978. Don was sold to the Blue Jays on April 11, 1978. This was Don's final season -- he was released during spring training in 1979.
  • Kirkwood was out for seven weeks between June 21 and August 17. Don was used as a swingman before the absence. After he returned, Don appeared once in relief and then started in his final eight appearances.
  • 1978 Stats: 4-5, 4.24 ERA in 16 games (9 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • Aug 20 - Allowed one run in six innings and earned the win as the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.
    • Sept 11 - Earned the win in a complete game 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
    • Oct 1 - Took the loss in the final game of the season as the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-0. The Boston victory allowed the Red Sox to tie the New York Yankees in the AL east and forced the famous one game playoff.