Tom Lawless

1983 Donruss

Lawless played for eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays between 1982 and 1990. In 343 games he hit .207 with two home runs and 53 stolen bases.

Lawless is the only player to ever be traded for Pete Rose (who he listed as his favorite player growing up). In 1984 the Reds dealt Lawless to the Expos for Rose.

Lawless got to the World Series twice with the Cardinals. He appeared as a pinch runner in the 1985 World Series that saw St. Louis lose to the Kansas City Royals. He played in three games of the 1987 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. In Game 4 of that series he hit a two-run home run off Frank Viola in the bottom of the fourth inning. The home run has become infamous for Lawless’ bat flip, which you can see here. The Cardinals won that game, but lost the series in seven games.

Following his playing career, Lawless was a long-time minor league manager. He also managed the Houston Astros for 24 games in 2014.

We featured John Tudor in 2018 and Ricky Horton in 2021.

Tom Lawless – career stats

1986 Topps

Published by Chris

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

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