Swings and misses

1977 Topps

Matt Alexander spent parts of nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981. He hit .214 and stole 103 bases in his career. He did not ever hit a home run. His best season came for the Oakland A’s in 1977 when he hit .238 with 26 stolen bases. Alexander was a member of the 1979 Pirates team that won the World Series. He appeared in one game of the series, as a pinch runner, and was caught stealing. Mostly used as a pinch runner, Alexander had just 168 career at bats while playing in 374 games. He is one of just seven position players to have more games played than at bats.

1985 Topps

Mike Dunne pitched for five seasons in the majors, going 25-30 with a 4.08 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox between 1987-1992. Dunne was especially good for the Pirates as rookie, winning 13 games with a 3.03 ERA. He led the National League in win/loss percentage (.684) and finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote to Benito Santiago. Dunne was a member of the 1984 United States Olympic team. He pitched in their game against Italy.

1986 Topps

Floyd Youmans pitched for five seasons for the Montreal Expos and Philadelphia Phillies, posting a 30-34 career mark with a 3.74 ERA. Youmans’ second season (1986) with Montreal was his best year. He went 13-12 that year with a 3.53 ERA. He won nine games in 1987 but injuries and personal problems derailed his career, which concluded after 10 games with the Phillies in 1989.


Published by Chris

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: