Swings and misses

1980 Topps

Brian Doyle played in 110 games for the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s during a four-year run in the big leagues. From 1978-1981 he was a reserve infielder for the two clubs and hit .161 with one home run. While with the Yankees, Doyle took over for an injured Willie Randolph in the 1978 World Series and hit .438 in six games to help them beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Doyle has written a book, The Call. It is available at goglobalsports.org.

1981 Fleer

Over the course of five years, Ted Cox played for four teams, hitting .245 with 10 home runs. Cox played for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays between 1977-1981. His best year came with Seattle in 1980 when he hit .243 and drove in a career-high 23 runs.

1989 Donruss

Jerry Don Gleaton pitched for 12 years in the majors, going 15-23 with 26 saves and a 4.25 ERA. Primarily a reliever, Gleaton pitched for six teams and never won more than four games in a season. He saved 13 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1990, which would be his career best.

Letters sent to Phil Linz, Frank Kostro, Randy Bush, Dan Schatzeder and Greg Harris were returned with bad addresses.

We received this from Bob Uecker, which seemed kind of funny. Apparently he gets a lot of mail.


Published by Chris

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

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