1976 SSPC: #243 Gorman Thomas (And Three Pitchers I Wish Gorman Thomas Had Faced)

1976 SSPC #243 Gorman ThomasHi, I’m Gorman Thomas!  You may remember me from… A 13-year Major League career that included twice leading the AL in homers, playing in the 1982 World Series and being named to the A.L. All-Star team in 1981.

‘Round here, folks call me:  Stormin’ Gorman.

In 1976, Gorman Thomas… played himself into spending 1977 in Spokane.  Perhaps his limited playing time kept him from getting into a groove, but in 267 plate appearances he batted .198 with 6 homers and 36 RBI.  Fortunately for him, he’d later turn it around.

So… take your time… and tell me… Is it Shea?  As cool of a portrait as this is, there’s no way to know where it was taken.
1976 SSPC #243 Gorman Thomas back

I can’t believe it never occurred to me that… had things gone a little differently, Gorman Thomas could’ve batted against Thomas Gorman. How cool would that have been?

During the 1980’s, the Mets had a pitcher named Tom Gorman… but since Tom Gorman never pitched in the A.L. and Gorman Thomas never played in the N.L., we never got that matchup. Pity… It would’ve made an excellent 1980’s Fleer combo card.

What’s even more interesting is that there have been three Major League pitchers named Thomas Gorman.

The first Tom Gorman pitched in 4 games for the 1939 New York Giants. He’d never pitch in the majors again, but would later switch to umpiring and was an N.L. Umpire from 1951 to 1977.

1984 Fifth National Convention #1 - Tom Gorman UMP - Courtesy of COMC.com

1984 Fifth National Convention #1 – Tom Gorman UMP – Courtesy of COMC.com

The second Tom Gorman pitched from 1952 to 1959, first with the Yankees and later with the Athletics. He pitched in the 1952 and 1953 World Series.

1956 Topps #246 - Tom Gorman - Courtesy of COMC.com

1956 Topps #246 – Tom Gorman – Courtesy of COMC.com

Finally, the third Tom Gorman pitched from 1981 to 1987, mainly with the Mets but also with the Expos, Phillies and Padres.

1985 Topps Tom Gorman
When I started writing this particular entry, I didn’t expect it to be more about Tom Gorman(s) than Gorman Thomas, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

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