Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Sunday, July 18, 2010

1976 Topps #498 - Glenn Borgmann

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  • Glenn Borgmann played in parts of nine seasons from 1972 to 1980. Borgmann was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1971. He had previously been drafted by the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates but didn't sign. Borgmann played in the minors in 1971 and 1972 and was promoted to the Twins after hitting .336 in 66 games at AAA Tacoma. Glenn batted .234 in 56 games for the Twins in 1971.
  • Borgmann was in Tacoma for most of the 1973 season and batted .274 in 136 games. After the Pacific Coast League season ended Glenn came back to the Twins and batted .265 in 12 games.
  • Glenn was the starting catcher for the Twins in 1974 and 1975. In 1974 he batted .252 in 128 games and in 1975 he batted .207 in 125 games. He led all AL catchers with a .992 fielding percentage in 1974.
  • Butch Wynegar beat out Borgmann for the starting catcher's job during spring training in 1976 and Glenn didn't play much after that. In 1976 he batted .246 in 24 games. Glenn batted .256 in 17 games in 1977. Borgmann got a little more playing time in 1978 and was the AL leader in throwing out opposing base stealers (49%). Glenn batted .211 in 49 games in 1978.
  • Borgmann  batted .200 in 31 games in 1979. He became a free agent after the 1979 season and signed with the Chicago White Sox. He was cut loose on April 3 but resigned with the White Sox on April 8. Glenn was in the minors until early August when he was brought up to the White Sox. Borgmann batted .218 in 32 games in 1980. 
  • Glenn became a free agent again after the 1980 season and signed with the Cleveland Indians. He played 11 games for AAA Charleston but never made it back to the majors.
  • Here is an interview with Borgmann. After his playing career Glenn was in the auto parts business for 20 years. He also has worked nights at the Meadowlands race track in New Jersey.

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