Friday, May 20, 2011

1982 lonnie smith

lonnie smith was traded from the phillies to the cardinals in november of 1981. here's his 1982 o-pee-chee card:
it's kinda sad that o-pee-chee didn't bother to move the signature a bit.  it would have made more sense to do it in 1982 than it did in 1977, that's for sure.  here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
as a rookie in 1980, smith had been a part of the phillies' first world series championship. now in saint louis for the 1982 season, he helped the redbirds get back to the world series for the first time since the days of bob gibson and curt flood.

during the 1982 regular season, smith led the national league in runs with 120, finished second in the mvp voting to dale murphy, and made the all-star team for the only time in his career (he was a defensive replacement for dusty baker in the 9th and never got to bat).

in the postseason, smith hit .273 in the nlcs and .321 in the world series, as he won his second ring. he would win his third ring in 1985 with the royals after the cardinals traded him in midseason. who did the royals beat that year? none other than smith's old team, the cardinals.
voici à vous, 1982 lonnie smith!

1 comment:

  1. I wished I'd looked closer at the back of the card before I featured this one on my '82 Topps blog a few months ago... I could've used the phrase "Straight Outta Compton".