I kind of stumbled on these posts as a fun, largely mindless way to come up with a post topic and to reconnect with cards from the first five sets I collected… and this week has been crazy at work, so “fun” and “largely mindless” are what the doctor ordered.
Today is the 82nd day of 2018; hence, card #82.
1974 Topps #82 – Dave Giusti
How’s this for an arcane fact: There have been two Major Leaguers who went to Syracuse University and were All-Stars… and both were pitchers who didn’t start a single game during their All-Star seasons!
After spending most of the 1960’s as a starter, the Pirates converted Giusti to relieving and they were rewarded with four straight seasons with 20+ saves. Jim Konstanty, the other relieving Orangeman, was an All-Star and the N.L. MVP with the Phillies in 1950. He went 16-7, 2.66, and lead the Majors with 74 appearances – nearly half of his team’s 154 games – and 22 saves.
1975 Topps #82 – Pat Kelly
This Pat Kelly is the first of three Pat Kellys to play in the Majors, and one of two Morgan State University players to appear in the Majors; the other was Dodgers pitcher (and 1952 NL Rookie of the Year) Joe Black.
1976 Topps #82 – Von Joshua
This is one of those shots that wouldn’t be impressive on a 2018 card, but was a favorite of mine in 1976.
I’ve always felt that the border colors enhanced this photo.
1977 Topps #82 – Jim Rooker
Jim Rooker started out in pro ball as an outfielder, but was converted to a pitcher before reaching the Majors. He was a decent-hitting pitcher, batting .201 with 54 runs and 56 RBI over 668 career AB’s.
As a broadcaster with the Pirates, during a game in Philadelphia in which the Bucs took a 10-0 lead in the first, he said that he would walk home if the Pirates lost. The Phils won 15-11, and after the season Rooker walked from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to raise money for a Children’s Hospital.
1978 Topps #82 – San Francisco Giants Team Checklist
It’s a bit hard to see on a 2.5″x3.5″ card, but the Giants are posing on a cable car! Talk about your San Francisco Treat!
I didn’t blink at the Astroturf at the time, but now – thankfully – it’s an odd-looking sight.