Bobby Witt

1989 Topps

Witt won 142 games over a 16-year career that spanned from 1986-2001. He broke in with the Texas Rangers and won 11 games as a rookie. This would be one of seven seasons where he posted at least 10 wins. Witt went 17-10 with a 3.36 ERA for Texas in 1990. He also struck out 221 hitters in 222 innings in what was arguably his best season. Witt went on to pitch for the Oakland A’s, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Witt made it to the World Series in the final year of his career. He pitched in Game 6 of the 2001 Fall Classic for the Diamondbacks, entering in relief of Randy Johnson in the eighth inning. He walked New York Yankee Bernie Williams then got Todd Greene to ground into a double play before striking out Shane Spencer to end the inning. Arizona won the game 15-2. They won the series the next day.

Bobby Witt – career stats

1989 Donruss

Brent Gaff

1985 Topps

Gaff pitched in 58 games for the New York Mets from 1982-1984. In 126.1 innings he compiled a 4-5 record with a 4.06 ERA and one save. He had his best season in 1984, winning three games and posting a 3.63 ERA in 84.1 innings. However, a torn rotator cuff derailed his career and by the following season he was done with baseball.

Gaff pitched in his first game on July 7, 1982, at Shea Stadium against the San Francisco Giants. He made the start and pitched 7-and-2/3 innings. He struck out six and gave up no earned runs, but the Giants scored three unearned runs and Gaff took the loss.

Brent Gaff – career stats

Marvis Foley

1981 Topps

Foley played in 203 games for the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers between 1978-1984. In 419 at bats, he hit .224 with 12 home runs. Typically serving as a reserve catcher, Foley caught a career-high 64 games for the White Sox in 1980, hitting .212 with four home runs.

After his playing career ended, Foley became coach and manager in the minor leagues. He is the only manager to win every Triple-A league (International, Pacific Coast and American Association) championship. He is currently the catching instructor for the Colorado Rockies.

Marvis Foley – career stats

1985 Topps

Scott Terry

1990 Upper Deck

Terry pitched for six seasons in the majors, going 24-28 with a 3.73 ERA and eight saves. He came up with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986, then spent the rest of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed the best year of his career in 1988 while pitching for St. Louis. Terry won nine games that season and had a 2.92 ERA in 129.1 innings.

Scott Terry – career stats

1990 Donruss

Swings and misses

1989 Topps

Bill Long pitched for six years in the majors, breaking in with the Chicago White Sox in 1985 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 1991. In 159 games, Long went 27-27 with a 4.37 ERA. He won eight games twice for the ChiSox, first in 1987 and again in 1989. The only other team he played for was the Chicago Cubs in 1990.

1993 Topps

Chris Hoiles spent 10 years catching for the Baltimore Orioles. He played from 1989-1998 and slugged 151 home runs while serving as Baltimore’s primary catcher most of those years. He had his best year in 1993 when he hit .310 with 29 home runs, 82 RBIs and 80 runs scored. Hoiles finished 16th in the American League MVP vote that year. He is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame.

Eric Raich

1976 Topps

The first player selected in Major League Baseball’s 1972 January draft, Raich pitched in 19 games for the Cleveland Indians, going 7-8 with a 5.85 ERA, from 1975-1976. Most of Raich’s MLB career happened in his rookie season as he pitched in 18 games that year. He won seven of them, but had a 5.54 ERA. He pitched in one game in 1976 and that was it for his time in the majors. He pitched professionally from 1972-1978.

Raich made his major league debut on May 24, 1975, at Cleveland Stadium against the Oakland A’s. He got the start for the Tribe and faced Oakland’s Vida Blue. Raich lasted 3-and-1/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs. The A’s won the game 10-5.

Eric Raich – career stats

1977 Topps

Buddy Schultz

1979 Topps

Schultz pitched for five seasons in the majors, playing for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals from 1975-1979. In 168 games he went 15-9 with 12 saves and a 3.68 ERA. He had his best season while pitching for the Cardinals in 1977. He appeared in 40 games that year, mostly pitching in relief. He won six games and had a 2.32 ERA. Schultz pitched professionally from 1972-1982.

Schultz pitched in college for Miami (Ohio) University.

Buddy Schultz – career stats

1980 Topps

Swings and misses

1985 Topps

Chuck Porter pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981-1985. In 54 games he went 13-13 with a 4.14 ERA. He won six games and had a 3.87 ERA in 1984, which was his best year in the majors.

1989 Donruss

The brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken spent 12 years in the majors, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. In 912 games he hit .247 with 20 home runs. His best year came in 1990 when he hit .291 for the Orioles.

1993 Upper Deck

An all-star in 2000, Mike Bordick enjoyed 14 seasons in the majors, hitting .260 with 91 home runs while playing for the Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays from 1990-2003. Bordick hit .285 with 20 home runs, 88 runs scored and 80 RBIs in 2000, which he split between Baltimore and the Mets. He played in three games of the 1990 World Series for Oakland, but did not get an at bat. He was back in the World Series in 2000 with New York and had one hit in eight at bats. Unfortunately for Bordick, his team lost both times he appeared in the Fall Classic. He is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.

Don Sutton is not signing at this time. Dave Hollins asked for $10 and returned our letter. Kevin Bass asked for $12 and returned our letter. Our letters sent to Bobby Brown, Bryan Harvey, Jamie Moyer, Fred Manrique and Mike Morgan were returned with bad addresses.

Gary Varsho

1989 Upper Deck

Varsho played for four teams during eight seasons in the majors. In 571 games he hit .244 with 10 home runs. He had his best year while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1991. In 99 games he hit .273 with four home runs, nine stolen bases, 23 runs scored and 23 RBIs. All of those numbers were career highs. In addition to the Pirates, Varsho also played for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.

Varsho was a member of the Pirates’ team that faced off with the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 National League Championship Series. He had only one at bat, but he made it count, pinch hitting for Lloyd McClendon and singling to start the ninth inning. The Pirates went on to win the game 13-4, but they ended up losing the series.

We featured Vance Law in July.

Varsho currently works as a scout for the Pirates.

Gary Varsho – career stats

Dennis Rasmussen

1985 Topps

Dennis Rasmussen pitched for 12 years in the majors, breaking in with the San Diego Padres in 1983 and finishing with the Kansas City Royals in 1995. In between, he posted six double-digit win seasons, including going 18-6 for the New York Yankees in 1986. He won 13 games the next year, which he split between New York and Cincinnati. He won 16 games in 1988, which again saw him traded midseason. This time he went from the Reds to the San Diego Padres. Rasmussen won 14 games in 20 starts and had a 2.55 ERA for the Padres that year. While it was not a complete season, it was the most impressive run of his career. He won 10 games for San Diego the next year and 11 in 1990. He lost 13 games, despite a decent 3.74 ERA, in 1991, which was his last as a full-time starter. He went on to pitch for the Chicago Cubs before joining the Royals for the final three years of his career. In 256 games, Rasmussen posted a 91-77 record with a 4.15 ERA.

Rasmussen earned his first career win on May 23, 1984, at the Kingdome in Seattle. He was pitching for the Yankees, in his first start of the season, and threw eight innings of shutout baseball to lead New York to a 3-0 victory.

Dennis Rasmussen – career stats

1989 Topps