Mike Compton

1971 Topps

Compton played in 47 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970. He hit .164 with one home run in 110 at bats. Compton’s professional career stretched from 1965-1973. After his retirement, he became a minor-league manager and coach.

Compton took San Diego Padre Danny Coombs deep in the first inning of their game on May 5, 1970, for his lone career home run. The blast plated Larry Bowa, but the Padres went on to win the game 11-8.

Compton singled off Tom Seaver in the third inning of a game between the Phillies and the Mets on May 15, 1970. It was the only hit Seaver would give up that day.

We featured Denny Doyle in 2018.

Mike Compton – career stats

Charlie Kerfeld

1986 Fleer

Kerfeld pitched for four seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Houston Astros in 1985 and finishing with the Atlanta Braves in 1990. In 123 games, Kerfeld went 18-9 with a 4.20 ERA and nine saves. He finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote in 1986 when he posted an 11-2 record, to go with a 2.59 ERA and seven saves.

As he notes, Kerfeld was a member of the 1986 Astros’ team that reached the National League Championship Series. He pitched in two of the games against the New York Mets and took the loss in Game 5 when he gave up a hit to Gary Carter in the bottom of the 12th inning which scoredWally Backman.

We featured Franklin Stubbs in January 2021.

Charlie Kerfeld – career stats

1987 Topps

Lorenzo Gray

1984 Topps

Gray played in 58 games for the Chicago White Sox from 1982-1983. In 106 at bats, he hit .208 with one home run. He played professionally from 1976-1985.

Gray made his major league debut on July 8, 1982, at Comiskey Park against the Detroit Tigers. He entered the game as a pinch runner for Vance Law and scored on a Jerry Hairston walk-off home run that gave Chicago a 3-2 win. Gray started the White Sox next game, which took place at Exhibition Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9, at third base. He singled off Luis Leal in the top of the fifth inning for his first big-league hit. Gray came around to score on a Steve Kemp ground out, but Toronto won the game 7-6.

We featured Rudy Law and Harold Baines in 2020.

Lorenzo Gray – career stats

Gary Green

1985 Topps

Green played in 106 games for the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and Cincinnati Reds between 1986 and 1992. In 180 career at bats he hit .222 with no home runs. Green appeared in 62 games for the 1990 Rangers and hit .216. He played professionally from 1985-1995.

Green was a member of the United States baseball team that played at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Baseball was a demonstration sport at the 1984 games, so no medals were given out. The U.S. team reached the finals where they lost to Japan 6-3.

Gary Green – career stats

1991 Topps

Ed Wojna

1986 Fleer

Wojna pitched in 36 games for the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians between 1985 and 1989. In 132.1 innings he went 4-10 with a 4.62 ERA. His best season in the majors came in 1986 with San Diego. He won two games that year and had a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings of work. Wojna pitched professionally from 1981-1990.

Wojna got his first win on June 21, 1985. The Padres were hosting the San Francisco Giants and Wojna squared off with Vida Blue. Wojna went six innings and gave up one run. He also singled off Blue in the bottom of the fourth for his first big-league hit. San Diego won the game 6-1.

Ed Wojna – career stats

1987 Topps

Bob Babcock

1982 Donruss

Babcock pitched in 39 games for the Texas Rangers from 1979-1981. In 57.1 innings he went 2-3 with a 3.92 ERA. Babcock was quite good for Texas in his final year with the team. He appeared in 19 games and had a 2.20 ERA in 28.2 innings. He pitched professionally from 1968-1984.

Babcock pitched once in Yankee Stadium, on April 11, 1981. He entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Danny Darwin and Jim Kern and pitched two innings without allowing a run. He did give up a hit and he struck out Rick Cerone. The Yankees won the game 5-1.

Bob Babcock – career stats

1981 Topps

Steve Fireovid

1987 Topps

Fireovid pitched in 31 games for five different teams during parts of six seasons in the majors. He went 3-1 with a 3.39 ERA in 71.2 innings. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1981, then pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners before appearing in three games for the Texas Rangers in 1992, to conclude his big-league run. He pitched professionally from 1978-1993 and had eight double-digit win seasons in the minor leagues.

Fireovid earned his first big league win on June 15, 1986, while pitching for the Mariners against the White Sox. He entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Billy Swift and threw 2.2 innings, allowing three hits but no runs. The Mariners rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to win the game 10-5.

We featured Jerry Don Gleaton and Pete Ladd in 2019.

Steve Fireovid – career stats

Outgoing …

Been a long time, but we’re finally doing another mailing. Putting 11 letters in the mail, going to: Skip Pitlock, Rich McKinney, Dan McGinn, Marcel Lachemann, Steve Kealey, John Jeter, Cito Gaston, Charles Day, Casey Cox, Dave Campbell and Dave Baldwin.

10/1 – Wade Blasingame, Dick Bosman, John Edwards, Jack Heidemann, Phil Roof.

Three more on 9/29 – Rich Hand, Billy Grabarkewitz, and Mike Compton.

Rich Bordi

1985 Topps

Bordi pitched for parts of nine seasons in the majors, posting a 20-20 career record with a 4.34 ERA and 10 saves. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1980, then appeared in seven games for the Seattle Mariners in 1982. He was not a full-time big leaguer until 1984, however, after he joined the Chicago Cubs. Bordi was solid in 31 games for Chicago that season, picking up five wins with a 3.46 ERA. He was even better in 1985 while playing for the New York Yankees. He won six games that year and had a 3.21 ERA in 98 innings of work. Bordi was with the Baltimore Orioles in 1986 and saw his effectiveness begin to slide as his ERA grew to 4.46 in a career-high 107 innings. He was back with the Yankees the next year before seeing his major-league run end after returning to Oakland in 1987.

Bordi was on the mound when Rickey Henderson stole bases number 102 and 103 on his way to 130 steals in 1982.

He was also the last player ever signed by legendary A’s owner Charley Finley.

Rich Bordi – career stats

1985 Fleer

Jim Lentine

1981 Donruss

Lentine played in 95 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers from 1978-1980. In 205 at bats he hit .263 with one home run. He played professionally from 1975-1981.

After his playing career, Lentine worked as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jim Lentine – career stats

1981 Fleer