Friday, September 14, 2012

1977 steve rogers

o-pee-chee used an updated photo of expos' ace steve rogers (and they also lowered his facsimile autograph) for his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
as a kid, i found it funny that captain america (also named steve rogers) pitched for a canadian team.  the baseball playing rogers was selected by the expos in the first round of the 1971 draft, just a couple of picks behind the cubs who chose burt hooton.  that is interesting to me, because hooton is rogers' number one career comparable, according to baseball reference.

rogers had just the second winning season of his career in 1977, going 17-16 a year after leading the national league with 17 losses.  he had a 3.10 era in 40 starts, and threw 17 complete games with four coming via shutouts.  starting on three days' rest (the expos used a four-man rotation for much, if not all, of 1977) rogers threw a one-hitter against the cardinals in june of 1977 in which he also struck out 10 batters.

voici à vous, 1977 steve rogers!

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