Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Sunday, September 12, 2010

1976 Topps #553 - Randy Moffitt


  • Randy Moffitt was the first round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1970. Moffitt pitched in the minors from 1970-1972.  Randy was a swingman in 1970 and in 1971 but was converted to a reliever in 1972 and only started one game in his major league career. 
  • Randy was brought up to San Francisco in June of 1972 after posting a 2.25 ERA with seven saves in AAA Phoenix. Moffitt went 1-5 with four saves and a 3.69 ERA in 40 games for the Giants in 1972.
  • Moffitt was a workhorse out of the Giants'  bullpen in the mid 1970s. In 1973 Moffitt had a good season -- he was 4-4 with 14 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 60 games. Randy was 5-7 with 15 saves and a 4.50 ERA in 61 games in 1974.
  • Randy went 4-5 with 11 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 55 games in 1975. Moffitt's best year was 1976. He went 6-6 with 14 saves and had a 2.27 ERA in 58 games.
  • Moffitt had two more full seasons with the Giants before injuries took their toll. In 1977 Randy was 4-9 with 11 saves and had a 3.59 ERA in 64 games. Moffitt was 8-4 with 12 saves and had an ERA of 3.31 in 70 games in 1978.
  • Randy was injured in 1979 and pitched only three times after June 19. He ended up with a 2-5 record with two saves and a 7.71 ERA in 28 games in '79.
  • Moffitt came back in 1980 but missed 3 1/2 months of the season from May-August. Randy went 1-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 13 games in 1980. Moffitt pitched in ten games before the strike in 1981 without much success (0-0, 7.94 ERA in 11 innings). Randy was released on August 4 and didn't pitch for the rest of the season. Later it was discovered that Moffitt had a rare fungal infection in his stomach. It was so rare that he was only the third case known in the world.
  • Randy signed with the Houston Astros in 1982 and was 2-4 with three saves and had a 3.02 ERA in 30 games. After the 1982 season Moffitt became a free agent and signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1983 Randy was 6-2 with ten saves and had a 3.77 ERA in 45 games. A New Life in a New League - Sports Illustrated June 20, 1983.
  • Moffitt pitched in one game for the  Milwaukee Brewers' AAA Vancouver club in 1984 and then retired.
  • Billie Jean King is Randy's older sister. 
  • Liked to face: Enzo Hernandez (.000 in 11 AB); Davey Lopes (.042 in 24 AB); Ken Reitz (.091 in 22 AB)
  • Hated to face: Doug Flynn (.700 in 10 AB); Lou Brock (.571 in 14 AB); Ron Fairly (.500 in 14 AB)

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