Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #244 - Montreal Expos


  • Looks like I marked those dreaded 4-player rookie cards with an "R" on this card. I had no idea how to sort those things. Santo Alcala appears to be the missing card for this team set.
  • The Expos had a number of young players who were on the cusp of developing into stars. They had future Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, and Tony Perez along with future Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams.
  • Montreal was in first place in the NL East as late as May 17. They started to scuffle after that and finally settled into fourth place in early July. They would spend most of the rest of the season in that position.

  • Team Record: 76-86, 4th in NL East, 14 games  behind Philadelphia Phillies
    • Managers(s): Dick Williams
    • Attendance: 1,427,007 (7th in National League)
    • Team Batting: .254 (7th in NL)
    • Team Home Runs: 121 (5th in NL)
    • Team Stolen Bases: 80 (12th in NL)
    • Team ERA: 3.42 (6th in NL)
    • Team Fielding: .979 (2nd in NL)
    • NL All Stars: Ross Grimsley (P); Steve Rogers (P)
    • Award Winners: Ellis Valentine (Gold Glove)
    • League Leaders: Andre Dawson (hit by pitch, 12); 
    • Batting Leader: Warren Cromartie (.297)
    • HR Leader: Ellis Valentine, Andre Dawson (25)
    • RBI Leader: Tony Perez (78)
    • Stolen Base Leader: Andre Dawson (78)
    • Victory Leader: Ross Grimsley (20)
    • Losses Leader: Wayne Twitchell (12)
    • Saves Leader: Mike Garman (13)
    • Best ERA (starters): Steve Rogers (2.47)
    • Best ERA (relievers): Hal Dues (2.36) - had 12 starts; Darold Knowles (2.38)
    • Players who could have had 1978 Expos cards (over 100 AB for position players, over 40 innings pitched for pitchers):
      • Stan Papi (IF) - .230, 0 HR, 11 RBI in 67 games
      • Rudy May (P) - 8-10, 3.88 ERA in 27 games (23 starts)
      • Hal Dues (P) - 5-6, 1 save, 2.36 ERA in 25 games (12 starts)
      • Woodie Fryman (P) - 5-7, 1 save, 3.61 ERA in 19 games (17 starts)
      • Mike Garman (P) - 4-6, 13 saves, 4.40 ERA in 47 games
      • Scott Sanderson (P) - 4-2, 2.51 ERA in 10 games (9 starts)