Swings and misses

1982 Topps

Ed Romero spent 12 years in the big leagues, hitting .247 with eight home run in 730 games. Used mostly as a backup infielder, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers. He saw action in 116 games for Milwaukee in 1984 and played in 100 games for the Red Sox in 1986. He reached the World Series that year with Boston and played in three games, but had just one at bat, as Boston lost to the New York Mets in seven games.

1985 Topps

A two-time all star, Rich Gedman was Romero’s teammate on the 1986 Red Sox. He played 13 seasons in the majors, hitting .252 with 88 home runs. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote in 1981, then made the All-Star Team in 1985 and 1986. He slugged 24 home runs for the Red Sox in 1984, then had what would be his best overall year at the plate in 1985, hitting .295 with 18 home runs. Gedman followed that season with a 16 home run year in 1986 but never reached double digits again. He later played for the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals.

1989 Topps

An all star in 1980, Ed Whitson won 126 games in a 15-year big league career spent pitching for five teams. He won 11 games in 1980 for the San Francisco Giants to earn a trip to the midsummer classic. He was a 14-game winner for the San Diego Padres in 1984 then won 10 games for the New York Yankees in 1985. Whitson actually got more effective the older he got and he strung together four straight seasons with double-digit wins for the Padres from 1987-1990. His best year was 1989 when he went 16-11 with a 2.66 ERA.

Published by Chris

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

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