Monday, May 14, 2012

1977 john scott

john scott broke free from the confines of the topps four-in-one rookie card and was given a card of his very own by o-pee-chee.  here is his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
you can almost hear andre dawson, who was not recognized in a solo fashion by o-pee-chee, saying 'earn this' to scott.  unfortunately, scott did not.  maybe o-pee-chee just wanted dawson to shave his mustache like scott did.  anyway, on with the show.

now the o-pee-chee back:
i still haven't gone through to see if these are new cartoons or recycled ones from topps cards that didn't make the cut into the o-pee-chee set.  here's the topps back:
the blue jays purchased scott's contract from the padres after the end of the 1976 season.  as it turns out, scott became the first batter in the history of the blue jays franchise as he played left field and hit leadoff for toronto on april 7, 1977.  he was 1 for 5 with a double, two strikeouts, and a run scored in the game but didn't get another start until a few games later.  scott was moved to center field in may and spent a solid month or so as their regular center fielder while raising his average into the .280s.  by mid-july, however, his average was down in the .220s and scott was relegated to backup duty.

scott did not appear in a big league game after the 1977 season, but at least he hit a couple of homers for the jays - in back-to-back games, no less - and will always be known as the first batter for the franchise.

voici à vous, 1977 john scott!

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