Swings and misses

1975 Topps

A five-time all star, Cecil Cooper spent 17 years in the big leagues, playing for the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers the entire time. He hit .298 in his career with 241 home runs. Cooper’s career flourished after he was dealt from Boston to Milwaukee. In addition to his five trips to the All-Star Game, Cooper won two Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers with the Brewers. He led the American League in RBIs in 1980 (122) and 1983 (126). Cooper played in the World Series twice, in 1975 with the Red Sox and again in 1982 with the Brewers. He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

1974 Topps

From 1973-1984 Ron Hodges was the New York Mets backup catcher. He played in 666 games during that span, hitting .240 with 19 home runs. Hodges only played in more than 100 games in a season once. In 1983 he saw action in 110 games for the Mets, hitting .260.

1979 Topps

An all star in 1972, Joe Coleman enjoyed a 15-year career in the big leagues. He won 142 games while pitching for seven different teams from 1965-1979. He was a 20-game winner for the Detroit Tigers in 1971. He was 19-14 with 222 strikeouts the following year  for Detroit, then he went 23-15 in 1973 which led to him finishing 23rd in the MVP vote.

1979 Topps

Luis Pujols spent nine seasons as a backup catcher in the majors. He mostly played for the Houston Astros, breaking in with them in 1977 and staying until 1984 when he joined the Kansas City Royals for a season. Pujols hit .193 with six home runs in his career.

1983 Donruss

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1983, Ron Kittle blasted 176 home runs during a 10-year run through the majors. He played briefly for the Chicago White Sox in 1982, but made his full-time debut the following season. He produced the best year of his career in 1983, hitting .254 with 35 home runs and 100 RBIs. He also led the league in strikeouts (150). He made his only all-star team that season and was voted the top rookie. Kittle hit another 32 home runs in 1984 but saw his production steadily decline with each ensuing season. By 1986 has a part-time player and Chicago dealt him to the New York Yankees. Kittle remained in the big leagues until 1991 when he returned to Chicago for one last run with the White Sox.

Letters sent to Tom Jordan and John Curtis were returned.

Published by Chris

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

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