Saturday, June 30, 2012

1977 jerry reuss

in standard o-pee-chee fashion, the crop of jerry reuss' image is slightly adjusted and the placement of his facsimile autograph is modified as well on his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
we get a peek into tommy davis' closet.  let's recap the travels of the two-time national league batting champion (and the last dodger to lead the league in that category), starting with his final year in los angeles.  that would be 1966, and davis, of course, appeared in the topps set that year as a dodger.  in 1967, he was featured as a met, 1968 as a white sock, 1969 as a pilot, 1970 as an astro, 1971 as a cub (and he also played for oakland in between his time in houston and chicago), and in 1972 as an athletic, although he split time between the cubs and orioles that season.  in 1973, davis was left out of the topps set, but he returned in 1974, 1975, and 1976 as an oriole (sweet stability!), and then was featured in the 1977 as a royal (after starting the 1976 season in california with the angels) in his final topps card.  it should be noted that he did not get a card in the o-pee-chee set.

and the topps back:
reuss managed to win at least 10 games for the fifth year in a row, finishing with a 10-13 record and a 4.11 era for the second place pirates in 1977.  he threw 8 complete games with 2 of those being shutouts.  both shutouts came in august, when reuss was 4-1 in 6 starts, including a third complete game in which he gave up only 4 hits.

voici à vous, 1977 jerry reuss!

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