Thursday, June 4, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #293 - Mike Willis


  • That Brut ad in Yankee Stadium just screams "1970s".
  • Mike Willis was mostly a middle and late inning reliever for the Blue Jays in 1978. Toronto used three different guys to close out games -- Willis, Victor Cruz, and Tom Murphy.
  • Willis made two starts in September against the New York Yankees because he was a lefty. Mike was 1-1 in the two starts.
  • Mike recalls his career in this article. 
  • 1978 Stats: 3-7, 7 saves, 4.56 ERA in 44 games (2 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 16 - Allowed one unearned run in 2 1/3 innings and got the win as Toronto beat the California Angels 5-4.
    • Aug 23 - Earned the save by pitching 2 2/3 shutout innings in Toronto's 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers
    • Sept 20 - Allowed six hits and one run in a complete game 8-1 win over the Yankees. Mike \struck out Reggie Jackson three times. It was the third (and last) loss for Ron Guidry, who went 25-3.