Monday, May 28, 2012

1977 dennis leonard

the difference in the photo cropping is very slight (compare the sleeves), but the facsimile autograph placement is a bit more noticeable on dennis leonard's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
nice to see a clem labine reference in the cartoon.  1977 was a big year for leonard.  he made 37 starts and won 20 games for the first time in his career.  he even picked up a save in his lone relief appearance.  leonard finished 4th in the cy young voting and helped the royals return to the postseason where, unfortunately, they once again lost to the yankees in the alcs.  leonard was 1-1 in a start and a relief appearance for kansas city, who would once again fall to the yankees in the 1978 alcs before finally beating them in 1980.

leonard suffered a knee injury in 1983 that kept him out of the big leagues in 1984 and most of 1985, although he did return to the royals for the 1986 season.

voici à vous, 1977 dennis leonard!

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