Wednesday, September 5, 2012

1977 steve hargan

the blue jays plucked steve hargan from the rangers in the 1976 expansion draft.  and, while topps was able to airbrush hargan into a blue jay hat, o-pee-chee went a step further and fixed the coloring of his jersey's collar.  they also adjusted his facsimile autograph.  here is hargan's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
hargan earned a win in his first appearance as a blue jay.  it came in the team's fourth game as hargan threw 2.1 innings of shutout relief against the tigers.  hargan was moved to the starting rotation after that  appearance, and made 5 starts for toronto before he was traded back to texas in may.  hargan's last start for the blue jays was a complete game, although he took the loss at home against the twins.

the rangers used hargan exclusively in relief.  he appeared in six games for texas, and he picked up his second win of the season in a game against the brewers in which he threw 5.2 innings.  it turned out to be his final big league win as even though the rangers dealt him to the braves in july, he was unable to scratch out a victory in any of his 16 appearances for the braves.

voici à vous, 1977 steve hargan!

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