Swings and misses

The National League’s leader in wins in 1973, Ron Bryant pitched for eight seasons in the big leagues, going 57-56 with a 4.02 ERA for the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Bryant broke in with San Francisco in 1967, then spent the next year back in the minors. He returned in 1968 and […]

Swings and misses

Perhaps better known as a manager, Bobby Valentine played for 10 seasons in the majors, hitting .260 with 12 home runs. His best year came with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974 when he hit .274 and scored a career-high 42 runs. Valentine went on to manage the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston […]

Swings and misses

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hit […]

Swings and misses

These four cards came back signed, but without letters. I also received a couple letters without cards, which makes it pretty hard to identify just who sent them. But we will deal with those later. For now let’s look at this week’s swings and misses. Mickey Stanley won the Gold Glove four times and finished […]

Swings and misses

John Mayberry hit 255 home runs in 15 big league seasons. He was twice an all star and showed up in the MVP vote on four different occasions. He twice led the American League in walks and once in on base percentage. He hit .291 with 34 home runs and 106 RBIs for the 1975 […]