Horace Speed

1979 Topps

Speed played in 113 games for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians between 1975 and 1979. He hit .207 with four stolen bases. He appeared in 70 games for Cleveland in 1978 and hit .226. This would account for the bulk of his time in the majors. He played in the minors from 1969-1980 and was very productive for many of those years. In 1973, he hit .305 with 25 home runs and 15 stolen bases for the Giants’ Double-A club in Amarillo.

Horace Speed – career stats

Mark Ryal

1988 Topps

Ryal played in 127 games in the major leagues and hit .211 with seven home runs. He came up with the Kansas City Royals in 1982, then went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. He got 104 at bats for California in 1987 and hit five home runs. His career ended in 1990 after nine games with the Pirates.

Ryal holds the distinction of being the last left-handed throwing player to play shortstop in the majors. He is currently the head softball coach at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Mark Ryal – career stats

1988 Fleer

Swings and misses

1985 Topps

Jaime Cocanower pitched in 79 games for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1983-1986. In 365.2 innings he posted a 16-25 record with a 3.99 ERA. He made 27 starts for Milwaukee in 1984 and went 8-16 with a 4.02 ERA.

1987 Topps

John Stefero played in 79 games for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos between 1983 and 1987. In 187 at bats he hit .235 with three home runs.

1989 Topps

Paul Runge spent parts of seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves, playing from 1981-1988. His stays in the big leagues, however, were typically short and he played in just 183 games in eight years. Runge hit .232 with four home runs in his career. His best season was 1984 when he hit .267 with three home runs.

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Chuck Baker

1981 Fleer

Baker hit .185 while playing in 93 games for the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins between 1978 and 1981. Baker did not hit a home run or steal a base, although he did hit three triples for Minnesota in 1981. Baker played professionally from 1976-1981.

Baker played his first game on April 7, 1978, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco against the Giants. He entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking over for Ozzie Smith at shortstop. (Smith had been removed for pinch hitter Jerry Turner in the top of the inning.) Baker, however, did not get an at bat as Don Reynolds pinch hit for him in the eighth inning. Baker did get an at bat the next day when he pinch hit for Padres starter Bob Shirley in the top of the third inning. He grounded out to Jim Barr.

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Chuck Baker – career stats

1982 Topps

Rex Hudler

1992 Fleer

Hudler played for 13 years in the majors, breaking in with the New York Yankees in 1984 and finishing with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1998. In between he played for the Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels. In 774 games, Hudler hit .261 with 56 home runs and 107 stolen bases. His best season came in 1996 while playing for the Angels. He hit .311 that year with 16 home runs and 14 steals while setting career highs in runs (60) and RBIs (40).

Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played in Baltimore on Sept. 6, 1995. Hudler started the game at second base for the Angels, but was replaced by Spike Owen in the seventh inning. The Orioles won the game 4-2.

Hudler went on to become a broadcaster after his playing career. He worked for the Angels and is currently a color man for the Kansas City Royals.

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Rex Hudler – career stats

Swings and misses

1985 Topps

Dave Owen played in 92 games for the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals between 1983 and 1988. In 139 at bats, he hit .194 with one home run. He is the older brother of former major league shortstop Spike Owen.

1985 Topps

Dave Meier appeared in 145 games for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs between 1984 and 1988. In 277 at bats, he hit .253 with one home run.

New York Mets team postcard

Tom Gorman pitched for seven years in the majors, breaking in with the Montreal Expos in 1981 and finishing with the San Diego Padres in 1987. In 126 games he went 12-10 with a 4.34 ERA. He had his best year while pitching for the New York Mets in 1984. He won six games that season and had a 2.97 ERA while appearing in a career-high 36 games. Gorman also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeff Sellers

1988 Topps

Sellers pitched for four seasons for the Boston Red Sox, going 13-22 with a 4.97 ERA. He came up with Boston in 1985, but appeared in just four games. He made 13 starts for the team the next year, then started 22 games in 1987, a year that saw him win seven games. He was 1-7 the following season before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, an arm injury derailed Sellers’ career and he never appeared in a big-league game again.

Sellers was a member of the 1986 Red Sox team that lost in the World Series to the New York Mets. However, he did not play in the postseason.

In what would end up being his final major league game, Sellers pitched a no-hitter for 7 and 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 1, 1988. He surrendered a home run to Luis Medina in the seventh and was pulled from the game. Boston ended up losing 1-0.

Jeff Sellers – career stats

1989 Donruss

Jose Guzman

1989 Donruss

Guzman pitched for eight years in the majors, going 80-74 with a 4.05 ERA while playing for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs between 1985 and 1994. Guzman posted double-digit wins for five straight seasons, starting with a 14-win campaign for the Rangers in 1987. He had what was arguably his career year in 1992 with Texas when he won 16 games and struck out 179 hitters, both career highs.

Guzman signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 1993 season. He made his debut with the team on April 6, 1993, at Wrigley Field against future Hall of Famer John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves. Guzman out-pitched Smoltz that day, throwing a complete game, one-hitter. He struck out seven to lead his new team to a 1-0 win. The Braves only hit came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning when Otis Nixon singled. The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning, when Mark Grace singled in Rey Sanchez.

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Jose Guzman – career stats

1992 Topps

Swings and misses

1983 Donruss

Dwight Bernard pitched in 115 games for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers between 1978 and 1982. In 176 innings, he posted a 4-8 record with a 4.14 ERA and six saves, all of which he got in his last season as a major leaguer, 1982, while working for Milwaukee.

1992 Fleer

An all star in 1993, Andy Benes pitched for 14 seasons in the majors, going 155-139 with a 3.79 ERA while playing for the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks from 1989-2002. Benes twice finished in the top six in the Cy Young vote. He was sixth in 1991 with the Padres and third in 1996 with the Cardinals when he set his career high in wins with 18. He led the National League in strikeouts with 189 in 1994 and received MVP votes.

1994 Topps

A five-time all star, Luis Gonzalez played for 19 years in the majors, hitting .283 with 354 home runs. He broke in with the Houston Astros in 1990 and was with the club until 1995 when he was traded, along with Scott Servais, to the Chicago Cubs. He returned to the Astros in 1997 for a season before signing with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. The Tigers eventually traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks and it was in the Valley of the Sun that Gonzalez became a star. He led the National League with 206 hits his first year in Arizona and also earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. He would return to the midsummer classic in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. He had the best year of his career in 2001, as he hit .325 with 57 home runs, 142 RBIs and 128 runs scored. He led the NL in plate appearances that season with 728 and won a Silver Slugger. His career year helped Arizona reach the playoffs and eventually beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. Gonzalez went on to play for a season with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and finally the Florida Marlins. He retired in 2008.