Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #281 - Eric Rasmussen

  • Eric Rasmussen started the 1978 season with the Cardinals but on May 26 he was traded to the San Diego Padres for George Hendrick. Hendrick had lost his starting job to Oscar Gamble and wanted to be traded.
  • Eric got off to an inauspicious start with the Padres. In his first start for the team on May 30 he was bombed by the Dodgers. Rasmussen allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Rasmussen eventually righted the ship, winning seven straight starts from June 14-July 18.
  • Eric and teammate John D'Acquisto formed a rock band called Wild Pitch in 1979.
  • 1978 Stats
    • St. Louis Cardinals: 2-5, 4.18 ERA in 10 starts
    • San Diego Padres: 12-10, 4.06 ERA in 27 games (24 starts)
    • TOTAL: 14-15, 4.09 ERA in 37 games (34 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 29 - Pitched a 4-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    • July 8 - Allowed three hits in a complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves.
    • Aug 27 - Shut out the New York Mets on six hits. It was Eric's 11th win in his last 14 decisions. Rasmussen would win his next start on August 31 and then lose five straight games in September.