Swings and misses

1981 Fleer

Fred Stanley spent 14 years in the majors, hitting .216 with 10 home runs in 816 career games. The bulk of his career was spent with the New York Yankees. He played with them from 1973-1980 and was the team’s primary shortstop in 1975 and 1976. His best season came in 1976 when he appeared in 110 games and hit .238 with 32 runs scored and 20 RBIs. He played in three different World Series (1976, 1977, 1978) with the Yankees. The team won the last two of them. Stanley is also notable as the last member of the Seattle Pilots to play in the majors.

1981 Fleer

Tim Stoddard pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 41-35 with 76 saves. His best season came for the Baltimore Orioles in 1980 when he saved 26 games. He was a 10-game winner, as a reliever, for the Chicago Cubs in 1984. Stoddard pitched from 1979-1985 for six different teams. He pitched in four games of the 1979 World Series for the Orioles and was the winning pitcher in Game 4. The team, however, lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games. Prior to his baseball career, Stoddard played college basketball for North Carolina State. He was a member of the team that won the 1974 National Championship.

1986 Donruss

A two-time all-star, Gary Ward played for 12 seasons in the big leagues, hitting .276 with 130 home runs. While playing for the Minnesota Twins, Ward finished ninth in the Rookie of the Year vote in 1981, then smashed a career-high 28 home runs in 1982. He was an all-star for Minnesota in 1983 and again for the Texas Rangers in 1985. Ward hit for the cycle for the Twins in 1980. His son, Daryle Ward, hit for the cycle for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004. To date, they are the only father-son duo to both hit for the cycle in their careers.

Our letter to Mark Littell 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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