Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1976 Topps #562 - Adrian Garrett

  • Adrian Garrett played in parts of eight seasons from 1966-1976. Garrett was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1961. He didn't put up real impressive batting averages in the minors but he did hit for some power. Adrian came up to the Braves at the end of the 1966 season and was hitless in three at bats.
  • Garrett played in the minors from 1967-1969 without getting another chance with the Braves. After the 1969 season the Braves released Garrett. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in December but was released after six weeks. Adrian eventually signed with the Chicago Cubs. 
  • Adrian batted three times for the Cubs at the end of the 1970 season and struck out all three times. Garrett started the 1971 season in AAA Tacoma, where he hit 43 home runs. Adrian was traded to the Oakland A's for Frank Fernandez on August 31. Adrian came up to Oakland in September and batted .143 in 21 at bats.
  • In 1972 Adrian was with the A's for a couple of months (late  May - late July) but didn't play much. Garrett was hitless in 11 at bats for the A's in 1972. In mid-September Adrian was purchased by the Cubs.
  • Garrett was with the Cubs for most of the 1973 season but again he didn't play much. Adrian batted .222 in 54 at bats in '73. Garrett was in AAA for most of the 1974 season and was hitless in eight at bats for the Cubs at the end of the season.
  • Adrian split the 1975 season between the Cubs and the California Angels. He batted .095 in 21 at bats for the Cubs and was sold to the Angels on July 31. Garrett batted .262 in 107 at bats for the Angels in 1975. 
  • Garrett's last major league season was 1976. He batted .125 in 48 at bats and left the Angels after the season to play in Japan. 
  • Adrian played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp from 1977-1979 and hit 102 home runs during those three seasons.
  • Garrett did a lot of coaching in the minor leagues after his playing career. Adrian is currently the hitting coach for AAA Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds organization (he has been there since 2003). Wayne Garrett is Adrian's younger brother.



  1. I always wondered about stuff like him being released after 6 weeks, which would put it sometime in Jan/Feb. What happened that would change minds on the signing? Was he playing winter ball and they saw problems?

  2. I am friends with Adrian Garrett and I have asked him previously about being signed and released by the Phillies. He said he has no recollection or knowledge about being claimed by the Phillies. He does hold several winter league records, but I am not aware of him being hurt or anything that would cause the Phillies to release him.