Swings and misses

1981 Topps

Jerry Garvin pitched for six seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-1982. In 196 games he posted a 20-41 record with eight saves and a 4.43 ERA. Garvin’s best season was his first, as he went 10-18 with a 4.19 ERA and 127 strikeouts for Toronto as a rookie. He lost 12 games the next year, then pitched out of the bullpen for the rest of his career.

1992 Topps Stadium Club

Bill Swift won 94 games during 13 years in the big leagues, spent pitching for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. He won 21 games and had a 2.82 ERA for the Giants in 1993 and was an 11-game winner for the Mariners in 1998, which was his last year in the majors. His best season, however, came in 1992 when he won 10 games and had a 2.08 ERA for San Francisco. His performance was good enough to earn him second place in Cy Young vote that season. Greg Maddux won the award.

1993 Upper Deck

The starting catcher for the 1990 World Series champions, Joe Oliver spent 13 years in the majors playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. In 1,076 games he hit .247 with 102 home runs. Oliver hit at least 10 home runs in seven of his seasons. His most productive year came for the Reds in 1993 as set a career highs with 75 RBIs and 14 home runs. Oliver hit .333 for Cincinnati against the Oakland A’s in the World Series. The Reds swept the A’s 4-0.

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

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