Swings and misses

1979 Topps

Willie Norwood played in 294 games for the Minnesota Twins from 1977-1980. In 854 at bats he hit .242 with 18 home runs and 41 stolen bases. Norwood was Minnesota’s starting left fielder in 1978 and delivered a fantastic season. in 125 games that year he hit .255 with 25 stolen bases and eight home runs. He played in 96 games the next season but saw his average plummet to .164 in 1980 which brought his career to an end.

1983 Topps

Don Werner played for seven seasons in the majors, first with the Cincinnati Reds and later with the Texas Rangers. He came up with the Reds in 1975 and caught 49 games for the team in 1978 when Johnny Bench was sidelined with an injury. On June 16 of that season Werner was behind the plate when Tom Seaver threw his lone career no-hitter, besting the St. Louis Cardinals. In 118 career games Werner hit .176 with two home runs.

1985 Topps

Pete Filson pitched in 148 games during seven years in the majors. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals from 1982-1990. Filson went 15-18 with a 4.18 ERA in 391.2 career innings.

Published by Chris

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

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