Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1977 tom seaver

after a couple of days of some obvious photo variations, we are back to the ever so slight type.  this time, it's tom seaver who gets the slight difference in cropping treatment, along with a relocated facsimile autograph.  here is seaver's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
what might have been.  seaver, a usc product, was drafted by the dodgers in 1965, but did not sign with the team.  a year later, the mets signed him and the rest is history.  fast forward to 1977, where seaver split his time between the mets and the reds, compiling 21 wins (7 in new york, 14 in cincy) and finishing 3rd in the league cy young award voting.

he led the league in shutouts with 7, including one that came in his first start as a red.  seaver had a one-hitter, a two-hitter, and three three-hitters on the year as well.  during the season, seaver won his 200th career game and struck out the 2500th batter of his career.  his 196 strikeouts on the season marked the first time since his rookie season that he failed to strike out at least 200 men.

voici à vous, 1977 tom seaver!

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