Saturday, April 18, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #280 - Buddy Bell

  • This was Buddy Bell's last season as a Cleveland Indian. After the 1978 season Bell was traded to the Texas Rangers for Toby Harrah. The deal wasn't popular with Cleveland fans.
  • There was trade talk during the 1978 winter meetings involving Bell. When he was told about the possibility of being traded, Buddy said that he wouldn't mind going to Cincinnati to replace the recently departed Pete Rose. Bell ended up going to the Reds, but that was several years later.
  • 1978 Stats: .282, 6 HR, 62 RBI in 142 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 2 - Hit the game-tying home run in Cleveland's 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was Bell's first home run in over a  month.
    • July 16 - Had four hits and knocked in two runs as the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4.