Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Friday, October 22, 2010

1976 Topps #592 - Rookie Infielders (Randolph, McKay, Royster, Staiger)



  • Willie Randolph
    • Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1972
    • Played in 30 games for the Pirates in 1975 (.164 in 61 AB)
    • Was traded with Dock Ellis and Ken Brett to the New York Yankees after the 1975 season for Doc Medich
    • Started at 2B for the Yankees from 1976-1988
    • 1976: Batted .267 in 125 games
    • 1977: Batted .274 in 147 games
    • 1978: Batted .279 in 134 games
    • 1979: batted .270 in 153 games
    • 1980: batted .294 in 138 games
    • 1981: Batted .232 in 93 games 
    • 1982: Batted .280 in 144 games
    • 1983: Batted .279 in 104 games
      • Played only once between June 26 and August 5
    • 1984: Batted .287 in 142 games
    • 1985: Batted .276 in 143 games
    • Was the Yankee team captain from 1986-1988
    • 1986: Batted .276 in 141 games
    • 1987: Batted .305 in 120 games
    • 1988: batted .230 in 110 games
    • Became a free agent after the 1988 season and signed with the LA Dodgers
    • Had an all-star season in 1989 (.282 in 145 games) 
    • Started the 1990 season with the Dodgers (.271 in 26 games) but was traded to the Oakland A's in May 1990 for Stan Javier
    • Played for the A's in 1990 (.257 in 93 games), the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991 (.327 in 124 games), and the New York Mets (.252 in 90 games) in 1992.
    • All Star appearances:
      • 1976: did not get into game
      • 1977: starting 2B, 1 for 5 with one RBI
      • 1980: starting 2B, 2 for 4
      • 1981: starting 2B, 1 for 3
      • 1987: starting 2B, 0 for 1
      • 1989: Played for the NL, 2B, 0 for 1
    • Coached with the New York Yankees from 1993-2004
    • Managed the New York Mets from 2005 until the middle of the 2008 season.
      • Won the NL East in 2006
      • Mets had one of the worst collapses in history in 2007. They had a 7-game lead in the NL East with 17 games to play but were overtaken by the Philadelphia Phillies.
    • Liked to face: Greg Harris/Bill Krueger (.524 in 21 AB); Steve Trout (.406 in 32 AB)
    • Hated to face: Mike Scott (.053 in 19 AB); Bill Swift (.095 in 21 AB); Nolan Ryan (.115 in 26 AB)
  • Dave McKay
    • Signed by the  Minnesota Twins in 1971
    • Played in the minors from 1971-1975 
    • Came up to Minnesota in August 1975 and batted .256 in 125 at bats
    • Started the 1976 season with the Twins and batted .203 in 45 games
    • Sent down to AAA in June and stayed there for the rest of the year
    • Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the expansion draft
    • Batted .197 in 95 games as a utility infielder in 1977
    • Started at 2B in 1978 and batted .238 in 145 games
    • Started the 1979 season in Toronto and sent to AAA in mid-May
    • Came back to the Blue Jays in September and ended up batting .218 in 47 games
    • Released after the 1979 season
    • Tried out for the A's in spring training in 1980 and  made the club
    • Batted .244 in 123 games as a utility infielder in 1980
    • Batted .263 in 79 games in 1981
    • Batted .198 in 78 games in 1982
    • Played in the minors in 1983 and retired after the season
    • Coached for the Oakland A's (1984-1995) and for the St. Louis Cardinals (1996-present). 
      • Was the first base coach for most of those seasons
    • Co-wrote a book (Strength Training for Baseball) with Jose Canseco about proper weight training techniques.
  • Jerry Royster
    • Jerry was a versatile player who saw action at every position except P, C, and 1B during his major league career.
    • Signed by the LA Dodgers in 1970
    • Despite having seasons of .303, .275, and .333 in AAA Albuquerque from 1973-1975, Royster was unable to break into the Dodgers' lineup.
    • Jerry batted .211 in ten games in 1973.
    • Royster appeared in six games in 1974 but didn't bat. He scored two runs in pinch running appearances.
    • In 1975 Jerry went 9 for 36 (.250) in 13 games for the Dodgers.
    • Traded to the Atlanta Braves (with Jimmy Wynn, Lee Lacy, and Tom Paciorek) for Dusty Baker and Ed Goodson after the 1975 season.
    • Became the Braves' starting third baseman in 1976. For the next several seasons played several different positions but managed to stay in the lineup most of the time.
      • 1976: Batted .248 with 24 stolen bases in 149 games
      • 1977:  Batted .216 with 28 stolen bases in 140 games
      • 1978: Batted .259 with 27 stolen bases in 140 games
      • 1979: Probably his best season -- batted .273 with 35 stolen bases and 103 runs scored in 154 games
      • 1980: Batted .242 with 22 stolen bases in 123 games
      • 1981: Batted .204 in 64 games but had only 93 at bats
      • 1982: Batted .295 in 108 games (261 AB).
        • Went 2 for 11 (.182) in NLCS
      • 1983: Batted .235 in 91 games.
      • 1984: Batted .207 in 81 games
      • Became a free agent after the 1984 season and signed with the San Diego Padres
      • 1985: Played five different positions and batted .281 in 90 games
      • 1986: Batted .257 in 118 games
      • Became a free agent and signed with the Chicago White Sox after the 1986 season.
      • Batted .240 in 55 games for the White Sox in 1987
      • Traded with a minor leaguer to the New York Yankees for Ken Patterson and a minor leaguer on August 29, 1987
      • Batted .357 in 18 games for the Yankees to finish the 1987 season
      • Released at the end of spring training in 1988. Signed with the Braves on May 17
      • Batted .176 in 68 games in 1988 and retired after the season
      • Coached and managed for various clubs in the minors after his retirement
      • Coached under Davey Lopes in Milwaukee in 2002 and was named interim manager when Lopes was fired after 15 games. Jerry finished the season but was not brought back
      • Has managed the Lotte Giants in South Korea since 2008.
      • Liked to face: Pedro Borbon (.421 in 19 AB); Doug Rau (.400 in 20 AB)
      • Hated to face: Nolan Ryan (.000 in 14 AB); Bill Gullickson/Bill Lee (.059 in 17 AB); 
  • Roy Staiger
    • First round pick of the New York Mets in 1970
    • Played in the minors from 1970-1975.
    • Went 3 for 19 (.158) in a brief September trial in 1975.
    • Batted .220 in 304 at bats for the Mets in 1976.
    • Started the 1977 season with the Mets but was sent to AAA Tidewater in mid-June. Came back in September and ended up batting .252 in 123 at bats for the Mets.
    • Traded to the New York Yankees after the 1977 season for Sergio Ferrer.
    • Spent the entire 1978 season in AAA Tacoma
    • Played in AAA Columbus in 1979.
    • Played in four games and went 4 for 13 (.273) for the Yankees at the end of the 1979 season.
    • Played in Columbus in 1980 and retired after the season.

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