Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Saturday, August 21, 2010

1976 Topps #531 - New York Mets


  • The 1976 New York Mets had awesome pitching, but they didn't have enough offense to overcome the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates. Believe it or not, ace Tom Seaver was actually only third on the staff in wins. Seaver won 14 games while Jerry Koosman won 21 and Jon Matlack won 17.
  • Joe Frazier managed the Mets for the entire 1976 season and the club was 86-76. After the Mets started poorly (15-30), Frazier was relieved of his duties on  May 31, 1977. Here is an interesting blog entry about Frazier's time as the Mets' manager. There is a comment at the end of the entry that appears to be written by one of Joe's sons.
  • Team Record: 86-76 (3rd in NL East, 15 games behind Philadelphia)
  • Attendance: 1,468,754 (5th in NL)
  • Team Batting: .246 (9th in NL)
  • Team Home Runs: 102 (5th in NL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 66 (12th in NL)
  • Team ERA: 2.94 (1st in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .979 (4th in NL)
  • NL All Stars: Dave Kingman (starting RF); Tom Seaver (P); Jon Matlack (P)
  • League Leaders: Tom Seaver (strikeouts - 235); Jon Matlack (shutouts - 6)
  • Batting Leader: Joe Torre (.306 in 310 AB); Ed Kranepool (.292 in 415 AB)
  • Home Run Leader: Dave Kingman (37)
  • RBI Leader: Dave Kingman (86)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Bud Harrelson, Bruce Boisclair (9)
  • Victories Leader: Jerry Koosman (21)
  • Losses Leader: Mickey Lolich (13)
  • ERA Leader (starters): Tom Seaver (2.59)
  • ERA Leader (relievers): Skip Lockwood (2.67)
  • Saves Leader: Skip Lockwood (19)

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