Thursday, February 5, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #258 - John Hiller


  • John Hiller had his last good year in 1978. Hiller would pitch for a couple of season after this, but he wasn't as effective. John and starter Jack Billingham were the only pitchers over the age of 30 on the Tiger staff in 1978. Hiller recorded 15 of the staff's 21 saves during the season.
  • Hiller didn't pitch from July 8 until August 12 due to a pulled muscle in his right side.
  • 1978 Stats: 9-4, 15 saves, 2.34 ERA in 51 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 25 - Pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball to earn the win in Detroit's 8-4 10-inning win against the Chicago White Sox
    • Sept 22 - Struck out four batters and allowed  no runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Tigers came back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 in ten innings.