1976 SSPC #141 – Brian Downing (White Sox)

Brian Downing… has 20 Major League seasons under his belt, playing for the White Sox, Angels and Rangers.  While with the Angels he was the starting catcher in the 1979 All-Star Game, lead the AL in walks in 1987 and was one of the first Major Leaguers to adopt a year-round bodybuilding program.  He’s in the Angels Hall Of Fame, and ranks among the top 3 in Angel career AB’s, Runs, Hits, Doubles, Homers, RBI and Walks.

1976 SSPC #141 Brian Downing

In 1976, Brian Downing… caught 93 games for the White Sox, batting .256/3/30.

Betcha didn’t know… His first hit in the Majors was an inside-the-park homer against the Tigers.  He also had a guest appearance playing himself on the TV show “The Jeffersons”.  This is what playing in metro L.A. will get you.

SSPC vs. Topps: Both of Downing’s 1976 baseball cards are posed batting shots, but the SSPC card is way cooler than the Topps.  I think it’s a combination of the tight crop and the shades.  Absolutely the shades.

1976 SSPC #141 Brian Downing back

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