Sunday, April 25, 2010

1980 bill atkinson

here's an honest to goodness canadian, bill atkinson, whose 1980 o-pee-chee card tells us that he went from the expos to the white sox in the 1979 postseason
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
just like pete broberg, though, atkinson never appeared in the major leagues for his new team.  unlike broberg, however, he wasn't released, just relegated to the minor leagues for the next 4 seasons. atkinson was a reliever who had pitched pretty well for the expos in 1979, posting a sub-2.00 era in 10 games with 1 save, although his worst outing of the year was also his last - 2 earned runs without recording an out.  his career numbers weren't bad - 11 wins against just 4 losses, an era just under 3.50 and a handful of saves.  i'm not sure what happened that atkinson didn't get a shot with the white sox who had ed farmer a not much else in their 1980 bullpen.

voici à vous, 1980 bill atkinson!

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