Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1976 Topps #384 - Philadelphia Phillies

  • That guy on the left in the middle row has a pretty serious shirt collar.

  • Things finally came together for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976. They won the NL East but were swept in the NLCS by the Cincinnati Reds. I liked the Phillies and rooted for them when they weren't playing the Giants or the Reds.

  • Danny Ozark managed the Phillies from 1973-1979. The Phillies struggles in Danny's first season, finishing in last place. But they steadily improved and won the NL East three years in a row (1976-1978). The team didn't play well in 1979 and Ozark was let go after 133 games (65-67) with the Phillies in 4th place. Ozark managed the San Francisco Giants for the last 56 games in 1984 (24-32). Danny was a coach with the LA Dodgers from 1965-1972 and again from 1980-1982. He passed away at the age of 85 in 2009.
  • Team Record: 101-61 (1st in NL East, 9 games ahead of Pittsburgh)
  • Attendance: 2,480,150 (2nd in NL)
  • Team Batting: .272 (2nd in NL)
  • Team HR: 110 (2nd in NL)
  • Team ERA: 3.08 (3rd in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .981 (2nd in NL)
  • NL All Stars: Greg Luzinski (starting LF); Bob Boone, Dave Cash, Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt
  • Gold Glove Awards: Jim Kaat (P); Mike Schmidt (3B); Garry Maddox (OF)
  • NL Leaders: Dave Cash (AB - 666, triples - 12); Mike Schmidt (home runs - 38, hit by pitch - 11, strikeouts - 149); Greg Luzinski (hit by pitch - 11) Steve Carlton (winning pct. - .741)
Team Leaders:
  • Batting Average - Garry Maddox (.330)
  • Home Runs - Mike Schmidt (38)
  • RBI - Mike Schmidt (107)
  • Runs - Mike Schmidt (112)
  • Stolen Bases - Larry Bowa (30)
  • Wins - Steve Carlton (20)
  • Losses - Jim Kaat (14)
  • Saves - Ron Reed (14)

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