Swings and misses

Three more cards with no questionnaires arrived last week.

1983 Donruss

An all star in 1982, Jim Clancy won 140 games during 15 years in the big leagues. He broke in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and was a 10-game winner the following year. Clancy won 13 games in 1980 and became a mainstay in Toronto’s rotation for the next eight years. His best season came in 1982 when he was 16-14 with a 3.71 ERA. He led the American League in starts (40) that year and pitched a scoreless inning in the mid-summer classic. Clancy left the Blue Jays in 1989 to join the Houston Astros. He remained in the majors through 1991 when he pitched in 24 games for the Atlanta Braves before calling it quits.

1985 Donruss

An all star in 1988, Johnny Ray played 10 seasons in the big leagues, hitting .290 with 53 home runs. Ray first came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He hit .281 the following year and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year vote. Ray led the NL in doubles (38) in 1983 and won a Silver Slugger award. He matched his double total in 1984 while hitting a robust .312. The Pirates dealt him to the California Angels in 1987 and he reached the All-Star Game the next year while hitting .306 while setting career highs in doubles (42) and RBIs (83). Ray remained with the Halos through 1990. He played the next two years in Japan before retiring.

1986 Donruss

Von Hayes played for 12 years in the big leagues, hitting 143 home runs for three different teams. He was seventh in the American League Rookie of the Year vote while playing for the Cleveland Indians in 1982. But the Tribe dealt him to the Philadelphia Phillies that offseason and he made a name for himself in Philadelphia. Hayes was eighth in the NL MVP vote in 1986 when he hit .305 with 98 RBIs, 19 home runs and 24 stolen bases. He led the NL in doubles (46) and runs scored (107) that season. He hit a career-high 26 home runs in 1989 and made his only all-star team. Hayes production dropped dramatically in 1991 and he ended up with the California Angels in 1992. He played in 92 games for the Halos that year before retiring.

Published by Chris

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

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