Swings and misses

1980 Topps

Frank LaCorte spent a decade pitching in the majors. Mainly a reliever, he won 23 games and saved 26 while playing for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and California Angels from 1975-1984. His best year came for Houston in 1980 when he won eight games, saved 11 and had a 2.82 ERA in 55 games.

1983 Topps

A backup catcher, Bill Fahey played for 11 years (1971-1983) for the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers. He hit .241 with seven home runs in 383 games. His best season came for the Padres in 1979 when he hit .287 with three home runs in 73 games.

1986 Topps

A three-time World Series winner as a manager, Bruce Bochy caught for nine seasons (1978-1987) for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres. In 358 games he hit .239 with 26 home runs. His best year came for the Padres in 1986 when he hit .252 with eight home runs in 63 games. Soon after retiring, Bochy began managing in the Padres minor league system. He became San Diego’s manager in 1995 and was the National League Manager of the Year in 1996. He guided the team to the World Series in 1998, but lost to the New York Yankees. He left San Diego in 2007 and joined the San Francisco Giants. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 under Bochy. He is currently their manager, but will retire at the end of this season.


Published by Chris

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

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