Swings and misses

1977 Topps

A 20-game winner in 1977, Dave Goltz pitched for 12 years in the big leagues, compiling a 113-109 career record with a 3.69 ERA and 1105 strikeouts. Gotlz strung together six straight seasons with double-digit wins while pitching for the Minnesota Twins from 1974-1979. His best year came in 1977 when he led the American League in wins as he went 20-11 with a 3.36 ERA. He also led the league in starts (39) and finished sixth in the Cy Young vote. Goltz signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in 1980 and was a member of their team that won the World Series in 1981.

1979 Topps

Darrel Chaney spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, mostly as a reserve infielder for the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves. He hit .217 in 915 games with 14 career home runs. His best year at the plate came in 1976 with Atlanta. He played in a career-high 153 games that season and responded by hitting .252 with 50 RBIs and 42 runs scored. All of these numbers were career highs as well. Chaney played in three World Series for the Reds. He was a member of the 1970 and 1972 teams that lost to Baltimore and Oakland, respectively. He was also on the 1975 team that beat the Boston Red Sox.

1979 Topps

Jim Norris spent four seasons patrolling major-league outfields. He came up with the Cleveland Indians in 1977 and played in 133 games as a rookie. He hit .270 that year and stole 26 bases while scoring 59 runs. He hit .283 with 12 steals the next year but saw his average drop to .246 in 1979 and the Indians dealt him to the Texas Rangers. He played one year for Texas, hitting .247 before returning to the minors.

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

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