Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1978 Topps Baseball #323 - Jim Fregosi

  • This was Jim Fregosi's last year as a player. Jim's career was winding down and in late May California Angels owner Gene Autry wanted him to manage his ballclub. Autry got the Pirates to release Fregosi on June 1 and Jim was managing the Angels a couple of days later. Jim had a 62-54 record as manager in 1978 as the Angels finished second in the AL West.
  • 1978 Stats: .200 (4 for 20) in 20 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 24 - Singled in a pinch hitting appearance in the bottom of the 10th inning. Jim eventually came around to score the winning run in Pittsburgh's 6-5 win over the New York Mets. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

1978 Topps Baseball #320 - Fred Lynn

  • Fred Lynn bounced back after battling an injury in 1977. Fred won the second of four Gold Glove awards in 1978 and went to the All Star game for the fourth time. He was an AL All Star every year from 1975-1983.
  • It is odd that Lynn's card didn't get the "All Star shield"
  • I didn't follow the American League very much when I was growing up, but Lynn was one of my favorite players. Too bad he had so many injuries during his career.
  • 1978 Stats: .298, 22 HR, 82 RBI
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 20 - Went 4 for 5 with three runs scored to help the Red Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.
    • Aug 28 - Went 5 for 5 and scored 4 runs in Boston's 10-9 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
    • Sept 29 - Knocked in five runs as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

1978 Topps Baseball #319 - Alan Ashby

  • Alan Ashby had one of his better offensive years in 1978. He split time with Rick Cerone behind the plate. Cerone had slightly better defensive stats and Ashby had better offensive stats.
  • After the 1978 season Ashby was traded to the Houston Astros for Joe Cannon, Pete Hernandez, and Mark Lemongello. Alan went on to have a nice run as a platoon catcher with the Astros from 1979-1989.
  • 1978 Stats: .261, 9 HR, 29 RBI in 81 games
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • July 31 - Hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the game. Otto Velez homered in the 14th inning to finally win the game for Toronto. Ashby had two hits and two RBI in the 7-6 Blue Jay win over the Detroit Tigers.
    • Aug 20 - Had four hits and two RBI in Toronto's 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

1978 Topps Baseball #318 - Tom Griffin

  • Well I'm back after a VERY long hiatus. I moved from Arizona to Utah to accept a new teaching job. It was a big move for me since I had lived in Arizona all of my life. At the time we had a foster son that we were in the process of adopting. He wasn't allowed to leave Arizona until he was adopted, so my wife stayed with him in Arizona while I went to Utah with our daughter. My daughter and I stayed with an uncle until we could find a rental home. I figured it would only be a short time so I didn't bring some things with me (including my 1978 cards and my scanner). What was supposed to be a month turned into four months, but the adoption finally happened in late October. Unfortunately we had trouble finding a suitable rental so we stayed with the uncle for a couple more months. We now have a rental but in the meantime the house in Arizona was burglarized. The thieves didn't get much, but they got the TV and my scanner. Luckily they didn't take any of my cards. I'll start posting again with some cards I had already had scanned into my computer and I'll pick up the other cards later.
  • Killer gum stain on the back of this card.
  • Tom Griffin didn't pitch for the San Diego Padres in 1978. He became a free agent after the 1977 season and signed with the California Angels.
  • Tom was mostly used as a relief pitcher in 1978. He was in the Cleveland rotation for a few turns in June, but he was 0-3 in that role. Griffin had several breaks during the season as he battled injuries. He had five breaks of 10 or more days, including a 24 day hiatus in May. Tom pitched in only one game in September.
  • Griffin was released after the 1978 season. He pitched for the San Francisco Giants for three years and finished up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1982.
  • 1978 Stats: 3-4, 4.02 ERA in 24 games (4 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • July 24 - Allowed no runs in 2 2/3 innings and earned the victory as the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 16 innings.