Thursday, August 2, 2012

1977 ben oglivie

o-pee-chee takes us closer to ben oglivie's winning smile by more tightly cropping the photo on his 1977 card.  they also moved his facsimile autograph around.  here is oglivie's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
that's a great cartoon.  joe niekro's 1976 home run off of his brother phil actually tied the game 2-2, and joe's astros went on to win 4-3.  that means it likely wasn't a grooved pitch for the sake of brotherly love.  it turned out to be the only home run joe niekro would hit in his career.  phil niekro hit 7 bombs in his career, none of off his brother although he did take fellow knuckleballer charlie hough deep in 1976.

this post is supposed to be about ben oglivie, so i should get back on track.  but, before i do, i checked oglivie's home run log and he hit his 216th career home run off of phil niekro in 1984.  as far as 1977 goes, oglivie was enjoying what would be his final season in detroit.  he hit 21 homers with 61 rbi and a .262 batting average in 132 games that year.  after the season, he was traded to milwaukee for a couple of pitchers and went on to lead the junior circuit in home runs in 1980 with 41.

voici à vous, 1977 ben oglivie!

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