Swings and misses

1972 Topps

Milt May played for 15 years in the majors, breaking in with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970 and finishing back with the Pirates in 1984. In between he also played for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants. In 1,192 games May hit .263 with 77 home runs. He had his best season in 1981 while playing for the Giants. That year May hit .310 and finished the season with MVP votes. He was a member of the 1971 Pirates’ team that won the World Series. May had two at bats in the series and singled home the winning run in Game 4. May got a second World Series ring in 1997 when he was the hitting coach of the Florida Marlins team that won it all.

1985 Topps

Brian Dayett played in 218 games for the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs from 1983-1987. He hit .258 with 14 home runs. Dayett’s best year was his final season when he played in 97 games for the Cubs and hit .277 with five home runs. He went on to play for three seasons in Japan before retiring.

1992 Topps

Kevin Tapani pitched for 13 years in the majors, winning 143 games for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs from 1989-2001. Tapani appeared in just 16 total games from 1989-1991, so 1992 was his rookie season and he delivered for the Twins, winning 12 games and finishing fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He had the best year of his career in 1991, going 16-9 with a 2.99 ERA. He finished seventh in the Cy Young vote that season. Tapani won 16 games again in 1992 and posted double-digit wins for Minnesota in each of the next two years. He was traded to the Dodgers midway through the 1995 campaign, but won a total of 10 games between Minnesota and Los Angeles. He was a 13-game winner for the White Sox in 1996, then won 19 games for the Cubs in 1998, despite a 4.85 ERA. Tapani made two starts for the Twins in the 1991 World Series against the Atlanta Braves. He was the winning pitcher in Game 2, throwing eight innings and giving up two runs. He lasted just four innings in Game 5, however, and took the loss.

Published by Chris

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

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