Swings and misses

1980 Topps

Steve Mura pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 30-39 record with a 4.00 ERA. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1978 and stayed there until 1982, when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals. Mura had the best year of his career with the Redbirds that season, winning 12 games and making 30 starts. He helped St. Louis win the division and reach the playoffs. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series although Mura did not pitch in the postseason. He joined the Chicago White Sox the next year, then concluded his career with the Oakland A’s in 1985.

1981 Fleer

Jim Wohlford spent 15 years in the majors, playing for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos from 1972-1986. In 1,220 games Wohlford hit .260 with 21 home runs. His best season came for the Royals in 1974. He played in 143 games that year and hit .271 with 55 runs scored and 16 steals.

1986 Topps

An all-star in 1986, Don Aase won 66 games and saved another 82 during a 13-year career. He pitched for five teams between 1977 and 1990, but had his best years with the Baltimore Orioles. He had 10 wins and 14 saves for them in 1985, then saved 34 games the following season, earning a trip to the Midsummer Classic in the process.

Letters sent to Paul Moskau, Bob Knepper and Dennis Littlejohn were returned with bad addresses. Doug Capilla asked for $10 while Eric Wilkins declined 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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