Saturday, May 21, 2011

1983 lee mazzilli

lee mazzilli was traded from the yankees to the pirates in december of 1982. here is his 1983 o-pee-chee card:
with a lurking robin yount!

here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
mazzilli had spent time with both the yankees and the rangers in 1982 after spending the first 6 years of his career in new york with the mets. with the pirates in 1983, maz hit .240 with 5 home runs and 24 rbi in 109 games. he spent two more mediocre seasons in pittsburgh before being released by the pirates and subsequently picked up by the mets during the 1986 campaign, where he wound up winning a world championship.

mazzilli made me nervous in 1988 when he singled as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 12th inning of the pivotal nlcs game 4 between the mets and the dodgers. that put the tying run on second with no outs. thankfully, tim leary got gregg jefferies to fly out, jesse orosco got darryl strawberry to pop out, and orel hershiser got the save by getting kevin mcreynolds to end the game with a fly out.
voici à vous, 1983 lee mazzilli!

1 comment:

  1. Oh oh! With Yount in the photo, we can date this card! Turns out the only times (in '82) Mazzilli scored a run vs the Brewers while he was in a Yankees uniform, was on September 11th & September 12th....but Yount was pulled from the game on the 11th before Maz scored, so this picture has to be from Mazilli's 3rd inning home run on September 12, 1982.

    I love these kind of cards!