Swings and misses

1972 Topps

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hit .198 while collecting 21 of his 35 career hits. LaRussa went on to win 2,726 games as a manager. He led the Oakland A’s (1989) and St. Louis Cardinals (2006, 2011) to World Series victories and was named manager of the year four times. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

1977 Topps

Butch Hobson played for eight seasons in the big leagues, hitting .248 with 98 home runs while playing third base for the Boston Red Sox, California Angels and New York Yankees. His best season came with the BoSox in 1977. He hit .265 that year with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs. His performance was good enough to earn him MVP votes. Hobson played college football at the University of Alabama for Bear Bryant.

1989 Topps

Steve Ellsworth pitched in eight games for the Boston Red Sox in 1988, going 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA. He pitched in the minors from 1981-1989.

Our letters to Joe Price and Ruppert Jones were returned with bad addresses. Sid Bream declined our invitation to participate.

Published by Chris

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

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