Are We Not Stars? 1977 Topps Rookie Pitchers

…Answering the age-old question, “Who are these guys?”

This time around, the card I’m featuring is inspired by a post by a weekend post from Sportscards From The Dollar Store.
1977 Topps Rookie Pitchers 487

Mr. Buckstorecards included this card – well, not THIS card, this one’s mine – in a post about cards he’d picked up from COMC.  In the post he mentions that only Ed Glynn was ever featured on card after 1977, and my immediate reaction was “Well, now I wanna know more!”

…And if I’m going to find out more, I’m going to get a post out of my efforts.

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson is not the same guy as Larry Andersen, who pitched for a number of teams over 17 seasons.

Anderson was a Brewers prospect and got two September callups in 1974 and 1975.  He was featured on a 1976 SSPC card as a Brewer, but I don’t believe he appeared on any Topps cardboard before 1977.

He was taken by the Blue Jays in the Expansion draft, but before spring training had even started he was sent to the White Sox as the Player-To-Be-Named-Later in a pre-draft deal for catcher Phil Roof.

Anderson pitched a few games for the ChiSox and would get traded to the Cubs for pitcher Steve Renko.  The Cubs would later trade him to the Phillies for infielder and future-manager Davey Johnson.  Despite being traded for guys that 1970’s collectors are well aware of, Anderson spent the rest of his career in the minors.

While in the Majors, he was used almost exclusively as a reliever. His sole MLB start was one he could hang his hat on, pitching a five-hit shutout of the Tigers, 7-0.

The funny thing is that the losing Tigers pitcher in that 9/28/75 shutout is the guy right next to him on this card…

Ed Glynn

Glynn is the only guy out of the four that I knew anything about going into this post;  he pitched two years of relief for my Mets in 1979 and 1980, and then he was traded to the Indians where he pitched another couple of years.  For some reason, I never remember that he started out with the Tigers and the Mets had acquired him in exchange for the infamous Mardie Cornejo (father of the slightly less infamous Nate Cornejo).

Ed Glynn was a natural to pitch for the Mets, as he’s from Flushing, NY.

Joe Henderson

Henderson was a 30-year-old rookie when he appeared on this card.  He’d been pitching in the minors since 1966 and got “cups of coffee” in 1974 and 1976.  He made 7 appearances in 1977 and was out of baseball following the season.

Joe Henderson is the uncle of Dave Henderson, who played 14 seasons with the Mariners, A’s and other teams from 1981 to 1994.

Greg Terlecky

Terlecky pitched 20 games in relief and finished with a 0-1 record… back in 1975 while with the Cardinals.  After that season, he was part of a trade that sent him to the White Sox, and he pitched in the minors until 1979.  He never pitched in the Majors after his stint in 1975.

Closest To Being A Star

Well, I gave this away in the lead, but Ed Glynn is the only pitcher in the bunch to have had enough of a Major League career to be featured on his very own Topps card, so he gets the prize.  Yay!


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