Monday, May 7, 2012

1977 jerry koosman

for reasons known only to a select few canadians i am guessing, jerry koosman's facsimile autograph made a move on his 1977 o-pee-chee card:

 here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
 and the topps back:
koosman had finished second in the league cy young voting after his 21-10 1976 season.  in 1977, however, his record did a flip-flop and he lost 20 games. his era 'jumped' to 3.49, but the punchless metropolitans didn't offer much support.  in his last 10 starts, in which koosman took the loss 9 times and had a no-decision in the other, the mets scored a more than three runs just once, and they waited until koosman was out of the game to do so!  still, the lefty led the league in strikeouts per 9 innings.  he would go on to win 20 games again - although it would be as a minnesota twin in 1979.

voici à vous, 1977 jerry koosman!

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