Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Sunday, June 27, 2010

1976 Topps #477 - Cleveland Indians

  • Frank Robinson was in his second year as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The Indians finished slightly above .500 (81-78) but they were well off the pace set by the New York Yankees. The Indians had good fielding and average batting and pitching, but a lack of power did them in.
  • Robinson was a player/manager for the Indians in 1975 and 1976, finishing 4th in the AL East in each season. He was dismissed in 1977 after starting 26-31 and in 5th place in the AL East. Frank became the manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1981 and managed them until August of 1984. Robinson took over a wretched Baltimore Orioles ballclub in 1988 and led them to a second place finish in 1989.  He continued to manage the Orioles until May of 1991. Frank's last managerial job was with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. He took over the club in 2002 and managed it through the 2006 season. The Expos finished second in the NL East in 2002 but finished either 4th or 5th in the other seasons. Robinson managed all or parts of 16 seasons and had a lifetime record of 1065-1176 (.475).
  • Team Record: 81-78 (4th in AL East, 16 games behind New York)
  • Team Batting: .263 (4th in AL)
  • Team HR: 85 (7th in AL)
  • Team ERA: 3.47 (7th in AL)
  • Team Fielding .980 (2nd in AL)
  • Team Batting Leader: Rico Carty - .310
  • Team HR Leader: Boog Powell - 25
  • Team RBI Leader: Rico Carty - 83
  • Team Wins Leader: Pat Dobson - 16
  • Team Losses Leader: Pat Dobson/Dennis Eckersley - 12
  • Team ERA Leader: starter: Jim Bibby - 3.20; reliever: Dave LaRoche - 2.24
  • Team Saves Leader: Dave LaRoche - 21
  • Gold Glove Winners:  Rick Manning (OF)
  • AL All Stars: Dave LaRoche (P)
  • AL Batting Leaders: none
  • AL Pitching Leaders: none
  • Attendance: 948,776 (9th in AL)

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