Steve Rogers… was one of the more dominating pitchers of the late 1970’s and spent his entire 13 year career with the Expos. He was an All-Star five times, lead the NL in ERA in 1982, and was a runner-up in Cy Young voting (1982 – Steve Carlton won) and Rookie Of the Year (1973 – Gary Matthews won).
In three postseason starts (all in 1981), he went 3-0 with a shutout of the Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS. His only postseason loss unfortunately came in a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLCS; he gave up a homer to Rick Monday in the 9th, and the Dodgers would go on to win the game 2-1 and the series 3-2.
Rogers holds the Expos/Nationals all-time career records for games started, innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. He’s also tied with three others for most shutouts in a season (5).
In 1976, Steve Rogers… lead the NL in losses, going 7-17 for an awful Expos team which finished with 107 losses. Four of his seven wins were shutouts.
Shea-o-meter: I think this is Shea, but I can’t be sure.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 6
Can’t tell: 5
Not Shea: 5
Betcha didn’t know… Steve Rogers pitched a one-hit shutout in his second Major League game, and pitched another shutout in his third.
1976 Joe says… I love the goofy expression!
2013 Joe says… I love the goofy expression!
Cardboard History: Steve Rogers’ rookie card was in 1974 Topps, and he’s one of the players whose 1977 O-Pee-Chee card has a different photo than his Topps card.
Cereal From 1976:
I think it’s been two years since I’ve seen this in a store. If I remember correctly, it’s been sold online for quite a while, and I guess my local supermarket trots it out every year or two to see if it takes off.
For those who are cartoon geeks like I am, Daws Butler was the voice of Quisp in the commercials.