Hostess Card Of The Week: 1979 Phil Garner

1979 Hostess Phil GarnerEven with the reddish tint my card has, you can still bask in the glow of Phil Garner’s very yellow Pirates jersey.  You can tell from the guys in the background that the uni of the day included yellow pants as well.  Even though I came of age in the 1970’s , it was a happy day in the Shlabotnik household when the Pirates went away from the mix-and-match combinations of the white/yellow/black jerseys, white/yellow/black pants, yellow & black “pillbox” caps and yellow & black stirrups.

Phil Garner split his time between second and third in 1978 and 1979, but but moved over to second base full time when the Bucs traded for Bill Madlock in June, 1979.  He batted .500 (12 for 24) with three walks in that year’s World Series as the “We Are Family” Pirates beat the Orioles in 7 games.

Garner was an All-Star with three different teams (A’s, Pirates & Astros) and has managed the Brewers, Tigers and Astros.  He’s currently a Special Advisor for the Athletics.

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