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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 trade...
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1978 Topps Baseball #313 - Andy Etchebarren
Andy Etchebarren was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1978 season. Etchebarren was expected to compete with Larry Haney for a position as a backup catcher. There was speculation that whoever didn't make the team would end up as a bullpen coach or ha...
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1978 Topps Baseball #310 - Don Sutton
As I have gone through this set I've noticed some cards that need to be upgraded. This card is the most obvious example so far. It was probably cut out of a magazine. I must have had some pretty poor scissor skills when I was 11 years old. Don Sutton won 15...
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1978 Topps Baseball #304 - John Milner
John Milner went from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-team trade that also involved the Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates also acquired Bert Blyleven as part of the deal. Milner platooned with Bill Robinson in left field i...
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1978 Topps Baseball #306 - Joe Niekro
Joe Niekro became a full-time starter in 1978. He was mostly a reliever from 1971-1977. Niekro would be a starting pitcher for the rest of his career (he retired in 1988). The 33-year-old Niekro was the oldest pitcher on the Houston staff. His 14 victories ...
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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...
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...
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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 allow...
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1978 Topps Baseball #311 - Jose Baez
Jose Baez probably owed his short 2-year major league career to expansion. His entire major league experience was with the expansion Seattle Mariners. Jose was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971. Baez played in the Dodgers' system from 1972-1976. He ...
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1978 Topps Baseball #309 - Cliff Johnson
Here's another Yankee Stadium picture with the Brut billboard in the background. Cliff Johnson was used mainly as a DH and pinch hitter in 1978. He played a few games behind the plate as well. It was the worst offensive season of Johnson's 15 year career. 1...
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1978 Topps Baseball #308 - Jim Rooker
Jim Rooker was getting close to the end of the line in 1978. Rooker slipped to nine wins after five straight years of double figures in victories. He was the #4 starter in the rotation.  1978 Stats : 9-11, 4.24 ERA in 28 starts 1978 Highlights : July 1 - Sh...
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1978 Topps Baseball #305 - Rico Carty
Rico Carty was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training for Dennis DeBarr. Carty didn't play in the field for the entire season. Carty had one of his best seasons -- he hit a career-high 31 home runs and just missed the 100 RBI mark. Carty was...
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