Swings and misses

1964 Topps

An all-star in 1973, Manny Mota spent 20 years playing in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,536 games he hit .304 with 31 home runs. A superb pinch hitter, Mota retired as the all-time leader in pinch hits with 150. His mark has since been surpassed, but he still ranks third on the list. Mota reached the World Series three times with the Dodgers, in 1974, 1977 and 1978. However, Los Angeles lost each time. Following his playing career Mota became a coach for the Dodgers and was with the team when it won the World Series in 1981 and 1988.

1984 Topps

Dave Engle caught for nine years in the majors, hitting .262 with 31 home runs while playing for the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and Milwaukee Brewers from 1981-1989. Engle was an all-star for the Twins in 1984. He hit .266 with four home runs that season.

1985 Fleer

Jack Perconte played for seven seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. He hit .270 with 78 stolen bases and two home runs in 433 games. He was especially good for the Mariners in 1985 when he posted a .294 average with 29 steals and 93 runs scored.


Published by Chris

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

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