Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1977 toby harrah

toby harrah managed to get four variations from o-pee-chee in 1977.  first, they got rid of the all-star banner.  then, they moved his facsimile autograph.  they also slightly adjusted the photo left-to-right, but  most impressively, they also changed his position.  here is harrah's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
the rangers had picked up bert campaneris to play short for them in 1977, so harrah was bumped over to third base.  both topps and o-pee-chee were able to get campy on to a rangers' card in 1977, but only o-pee-chee bothered to follow through with the impact to harrah.

although he did not make the all-star team in 1977, harrah did have a good year.  he reached the 20/20 plateau for the second time, hitting 27 homers and stealing the same number of bases.  he also led the league in walks with 109, scored 90 runs, and drove in 87.  he also hit the only two inside-the-park home runs of his career in 1977, the first of which was also a walk-off (run-off?) against the indians.

voici à vous, 1977 toby harrah!


  1. On the OPC card, his 1969 team is "enators"....they dropped the S across the border/ It is correct on the Topps.

  2. It is not a run off. Remember, the "walk" in walk off does not refer to the batter but the pitcher (and defense). Dennis Eckersley coined this overused and misunderstood phrase. He called it a 'walk off' because after he would serve up a game-winning homer, he would then have to walk off the field head down, dejectedly. Thus, walk off. It really isn't a hard term to understand when you know the origin but so many misconstrue it to mean the batter.