Friday, January 30, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #255 - Jerry Reuss

  • Jerry Reuss had shoulder problems in 1978. He missed almost three weeks in June. Jerry started a game in late June but couldn't get out of the first inning. Reuss then missed another 18 days. Jerry's ERA was above 5.00 for most of the season, which was uncharacteristic for him.
  • On April 7, 1979 Reuss was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Rich Rhoden. Reuss wanted to be a starter, but Pittsburgh manager Chuck Tanner wanted another right handed pitcher in his rotation. Jerry missed out on the 1979 World Champion Pirate team, but he would get his ring in 1981 with the Dodgers.
  • 1978 Stats: 3-2, 4.90 ERA in 23 games (12 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • Aug 20 - Allowed nine hits and had a complete game victory as the Pirates beat the Houston Astros 3-1.
    • Sept 27 - Allowed three runs in a complete game victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was Jerry's last start of the season and the outing finally got his ERA below 5.