Swings and misses

72Valentine

1972 Topps

Perhaps better known as a manager, Bobby Valentine played for 10 seasons in the majors, hitting .260 with 12 home runs. His best year came with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974 when he hit .274 and scored a career-high 42 runs. Valentine went on to manage the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. He also had a successful run as a manager in Japan, leading the Chiba Lotte Marines to the Japan Series championship in 2005.

81Robinson

1981 Topps

Between 1979-1981, Dewey Robinson pitched in 30 games for the Chicago White Sox. He won two, lost two and had a 4.05 ERA. His professional career lasted from 1977-1982.

81Benedict

1981 Fleer

A two-time all star, Bruce Benedict caught for the Atlanta Braves for 12 seasons, hitting .242 with 18 home runs. Benedict was an all star in 1981 and again in 1983, when he had what was the best year of his career. He hit .298 in 1983, with 43 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

Our letters to Steve Comer, Al Woods and Alan Bannister were returned with bad addresses. Bert Blyleven asked for $20 for his autograph, but did not fill out the survey. Lance Parish asked for $15 for his autograph and did not return the survey. Same with Charlie Liebrandt who wanted $10 for his signature/no survey. Dennis Martinez wanted $10 for his signature as well. Kurt Bevacqua asked for $10, while Lonnie Smith wanted $5. Graig Nettles refused our letter.

 

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