Swings and misses

1978 Topps

An all star in 1974, John Hiller led the American League in saves (38), games finished (60) and games (65) in 1973. He was 10-5 that season with a 1.44 ERA and finished fourth in the Cy Young and fourth in the MVP vote as well. He went 17-14 with a 2.64 ERA during his all-star season, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. He saved 13 games for Detroit and finished seventh in the Cy Young and 20th in the MVP. Hiller pitched for 15 years, all for the Tigers and finished his career with a 87-76 record and 125 saves.

1979 Topps

Mike Cubbage spent eight seasons playing in the majors. He came up with the Texas Rangers in 1974 and finished with the New York Mets in 1981. In between, he spent five seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Cubbage hit .258 with 34 home runs in 703 games.

1979 Topps

A 14-game winner for the California Angels in 1978, Chris Knapp pitched for six seasons in the majors, going 36-32 with a 4.99 ERA. Knapp was 12-7 for the Chicago White Sox in 1977, then went 14-8 for the Halos the following season. He saw his ERA jump to 5.51 in 1979 and soon was out of the big leagues.

1979 Topps

The New York Mets’ closer in the late 1970’s, Skip Lockwood pitched for five teams over a 12-year span in the big leagues. His best years came for the Mets from 1976-1978. He posted double-digit saves in each of those seasons and won 21 games as well.

1982 Donruss

An all star in 1982, Floyd Bannister went 134-143 during a 15-year career. He came up with the Houston Astros in 1977 and went 8-9, which was good enough to earn him fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote. He was 12-13 for the Seattle Mariners in 1982 and led the American League in strikeouts with 209. Bannister went on to twice win 16 games for the Chicago White Sox before ending his career with the Texas Rangers in 1992.

Letters sent to George Foster, Keith Hernandez, Steve Kemp and Joe Kerrigan were all returned with bad addresses.


Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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