Swings and misses

1960 Topps

A World Series winner with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, Russ Snyder played for 12 years in the majors, hitting .271 with 42 home runs. He came up with the Kansas City A’s in 1959 and finished third in the Rookie of the Year vote while hitting .313. He was a regular for the A’s in 1960 before joining the Orioles the following year. Snyder went on to become a regular for the Orioles through 1967. He hit .305 in 1966, helping the team to the World Series where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in four games. Snyder had one hit in six series at bats.

1982 Donruss

An all star in 1981, Scott McGregor won 138 games during a 13-year career spent entirely with the Baltimore Orioles. McGregor was a 20-game winner for Baltimore in 1980 and finished sixth in the Cy Young vote. He made his lone all-star team the next year while posting 13 more wins. He was sixth in the Cy Young vote again in 1983 when he finished 18-7 with a 3.18 ERA for the Orioles. McGregor twice pitched in the World Series. He went 1-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979, but the Orioles lost in seven games. He was 1-1 again in 1983 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Orioles, however, won in five games that year. McGregor is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.

1986 Topps

A reliable bullpen arm for 10 seasons, Steve Crawford won 30 games and saved 19 more while pitching from 1980-1991 for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals. His best year came for Boston in 1985 when he won six games and saved 12 while finishing with a 3.76 ERA. Crawford pitched in three games of the 1986 World Series for Boston and got the win in Game 2.

Our letter to Bobby DelGreco was returned with a note letting us know he is too sick to fill out the survey. Our letter to Rick Sofield was returned with a bad address.

Published by Chris

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

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