Swings and misses

1980 Topps

A two-time all star, Ken Forsch, won 114 games during a 16-year career that saw him pitch for the Houston Astros and California Angels. A versatile pitcher, Forsch worked as a starter and out of the bullpen. He saved 19 games for the Astros in 1976 which earned him his first trip to the all-star game. He made 20 starts for the Angels in 1981 and won 11 games to reach his secPond all-star game. Forsch retired with 51 saves and a 3.37 ERA. On April 7, 1979 he pitched a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. His brother, Bob, pitched two no-hitters in his career. They are the only brothers to throw no-hit, no-run games.

1981 Topps

Pete Redfern pitched for seven years in the majors, going 42-48 with a 4.54 ERA. He pitched exclusively for the Minnesota Twins at the big-league level, winning eight games as a rookie in 1976 and nine in 1981. The Twins eventually released Redfern and he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, a diving accident in 1983 left him paralyzed and ended his career.

1981 Fleer

Between 1970-1982 the Mad Hungarian, Al Hrabosky, saved 97 games and won 64 more while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves. Hrabosky went 8-1 with nine saves for the Cardinals in 1974 and finished fifth in the Cy Young vote. He had the best year of his career in 1975, winning 13 games and leading the National League with 22 saves. He finished third in the Cy Young vote that season. Hrabosky continued to be an effective closer for the next four seasons. He saved 20 games for the Royals in 1978, then 11 in 1979. He joined the Braves in 1980 as a free agent but was not the team’s closer. He pitched three seasons for Atlanta before they released him in 1982. He spent 1983 pitching in the minors before retiring.

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Published by Chris

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

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