Swings and misses

1973 Topps

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1971, Chris Chambliss spent 17 years playing in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 185 home runs. He played for just three teams during his career, the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He was an all star for the Yankees in 1976, a year that saw him hit .293 with 17 home runs and 96 RBIs. He finished fifth in the MVP vote that season. Chambliss won a Gold Glove in 1978. He played in three World Series, in 1976, 1977 and 1978, all with the Yankees. New York won in 1977 and 1978. Following his playing career, Chambliss was a coach for the Yankees and won four more World Series (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000).

1979 Topps

Geoff Zahn won 111 games over 13 years in the majors. He pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and California Angels between 1973-1985. His best year came for the Angels in 1982 when he went 18-8 with a 3.73 ERA. He finished sixth in the Cy Young vote that season.

1982 Donruss

A two-time all star, Dusty Baker played for 19 years in the majors, hitting .278 with 242 home runs. He broke in with the Atlanta Braves at the age of 19 in 1968 and stayed with Atlanta until 1976 when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baker enjoyed the best year of his career for the Dodgers in 1977 when he hit .291 with 30 home runs. He blasted 29 home runs for Los Angeles in 1980 which helped him earn a Silver Slugger. Baker was an all star in 1981 and 1982. He earned a Gold Glove and his second Silver Slugger in 1981 as he posted a .320 average. Baker spent a season with the San Francisco Giants before concluding his career by playing two years with the Oakland A’s. Baker reached the World Series three times with Los Angeles, winning in 1981. Following his playing career he was the manager of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. He won over 1,800 games and was three times voted the Manager of the Year. He skippered the Giants to the 2002 World Series where they lost to the Anaheim Angels.

Letters sent to Sparky Lyle, Mike LaCoss and Pat Zachry were returned with bad addresses. Our letter to Bruce Hurst was refused. Mike Greenwell returned the cards unsigned.


Published by Chris

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

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