Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Monday, April 12, 2010

1976 Topps #409 - Dave Lemanczyk

  • Dave Lemanczyk pitched in the majors from 1973-1980. Lemanczyk was a star baseball and basketball player at Syracuse University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1972. The highlight of his minor league career was an 88 pitch no-hitter on August 8, 1973 against Asheville. Dave had a quick look in 1973 and allowed three runs in 2.1 innings in his only appearance.

  • Dave started the 1974 season with AAA Evansville and was called up by the Tigers in late May. He appeared in 22 games (3 starts) and was 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA. In 1975 Lemanczyk had a similar role and was 2-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 26 games (6 starts). Dave went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games (10 starts) in 1976. After the 1976 season Lemanczyk was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the expansion draft.

  • Lemanczyk became the #1 starter for the expansion Blue Jays in 1977 and went 13-16 with a 4.25 ERA in 34 starts. Dave had a big fall-off in 1978 and went 4-14 with a 6.26 ERA. He bounced back in 1979 and made the AL All Star team (he didn't get into the game). On April 24, 1979 Dave threw the Blue Jays' first one-hitter. Dave was 8-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 20 starts, but he only pitched once after August 5.

  • Dave's last season was 1980. He appeared in 10 games (8 starts) for the Blue Jays and was 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA. On June 3 Lemanzcyk was traded to the California Angels for Ken Schrom. He went 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 21 games (2 starts) for the Angels to finish the season. Dave was released after the 1980 season and retired.


  • Liked to face: Rico Carty (.100 in 20 AB); Bob Stinson (.111 in 18 AB); Graig Nettles (.118 in 24 AB)
  • Hated to face: Robin Yount (.526 in 38 AB); Butch Hobson (.458 in 24 AB); Rick Manning (.424 in 33 AB)

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