Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Monday, October 25, 2010

1976 Topps #595 - Rookie Pitchers (DeFilippis, Lerch, Monge, Barr)





  • Art DeFilippis
    • Art never made it to the major leagues
    • Drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970
    • Led the Class A- New York-Pennsylvania league in winning percentage in 1970. He went 9-2 (.818) with a 1.81 ERA in 12 starts.
    • Pitched well at Class A Burlington (7-5, 3.05 ERA) in 1971 but struggled when promoted to AAA Denver (1-2, 10.29 ERA)
    • Pitched for AA Pittsfield from 1972-1974
    • Pitched for AAA Spokane in 1975 and for AAA Sacramento in 1976.
    • Moved to the Minnesota Twins organization in 1977 and pitched for AAA Tacoma
    • Finished his career in 1978 with AA Jacksonville in the KC Royals' organization.
    • Pitched in the Connecticut Senior Men's Baseball League in 1991.
    • Art's TTM information is here.
  • Randy Lerch
    • Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1973
    • Had short September call-ups in 1975 (6.43 ERA in three games) and in 1976 (3.00 ERA in one game)
    • Made the Philadelphia rotation in 1977 and was 10-6 with a 5.07 ERA in 28 starts
      • Was not used in the 1977 NLCS
    • Went 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 starts in 1978
      • Hit two home runs in the division-clinching game on September 30
      • Started game 4 of the NLCS and allowed three runs in 5.1 innings. Did not figure in the decision.
    • Had a 10-13 record with an ERA of 3.74 in 35 starts in 1979
    • Struggled in 1980 -- went 4-14 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 games (22 starts)
      • Lost his spot in the starting rotation in  mid-August and was not used in the 1980 playoffs
    • Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dick Davis before the 1981 season
    • Went 7-9 with a 4.31 ERA in 1981
      • Started game 3 of the 1981 ALDS and allowed one run in six innings. Did not figure in the decision
    • Started the 1982 season with the Brewers and went 8-7 with a 4.97 ERA in 20 starts
    • Sold to the Montreal Expos on August 14, 1982
      • Was 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in six games (four starts) for Montreal
    • Started the 1983 season with Montreal (1-3, 6.75 ERA in 15 games)
      • Released on July 28 and signed by the San Francisco Giants on August 9
      • Had a 1-0 record with a 3.38 ERA in seven games for the Giants
    • Appeared in 37 games (5 starts) with the Giants in 1984 and was 5-3 with two saves and had a 4.23 ERA
    • Became a free agent after the 1984 season but was not signed
    • Signed with the Phillies on May 21, 1985
      • Pitched in the minors for the remainder of the 1985 season
    • Started the 1986 season in AAA and had a short stint with the Phillies in June (1-1, 7.88 ERA in four games)
    • Released by the Phillies on June 26, 1986
    • Pitched  for AAA Louisville (St. Louis Cardinals organization) in 1986 and retired after the season
    • Here is Randy's TTM information.
  • Sid  Monge
    • Signed by the California Angels in 1970
    • Had a September call-up in 1975 and went 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in four games (two starts)
    • Appeared in 32 games (13 starts) in 1976 and had a 6-7 record with a 3.37 ERA.
      • This was the only season in which Sid would start in the majors
    • Started the 1977 season with the Angels (0-1, 2.92 ERA in four games)
    • Traded to the Cleveland Indians with Bruce Bochte and $250,000 for Dave LaRoche and Dave Schuler on May 11, 1977
    • Appeared in 33 games for the Indians in 1977 and was 1-2 with 3 saves and had a 6.23 ERA
    • Went 4-3 with three saves and had a 2.76 ERA in 48 games in 1978
    • Had his best season in 1979 -- went 12-10 with 19 saves and had an ERA of 2.40 in 76 games
    • Made the AL All Star team in 1979 but didn't appear in the game
    • Appeared in 67 games in 1980 and was 3-5 with 13 saves and had a 3.53 ERA
    • Went 3-5 with four saves and had a 4.34 ERA in 31 games in 1981
    • Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bake McBride before the 1982 season
    • Pitched in 47 games for the Phillies in 1982 and was 7-1 with a 3.75 ERA
    • Started the 1983 season with the Phillies (3-0, 6.94 ERA in 14 games)
    • Traded to the San Diego Padres for Jim Lefebvre on May 22, 1983
    • Went 7-3 with 7 saves and had a 3.15 ERA for the Padres to finish the 1983 season
    • Started the 1984 season with the Padres (2-1, 4.80 ERA in 13 games)
    • Sold to the Detroit Tigers on June 10, 1984
    • Pitched in 19 games for the Tigers and was 1-0 with a 4.25 ERA
    • Missed a month of the 1984 season (late August to late September) with an injury and was not used by the Tigers in the postseason
    • Pitched in 45 games in AAA in 1985 but didn't get back to the majors
    • Has been a pitching coach for various teams in the minor leagues and in the  Mexican League since his retirement as a player
  • Steve Barr 
    • Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1969
    • Pitched in the minors from 1969-1974
      • Started 24 games for AA Bristol in 1974 and was 16-8 with a 2.45 ERA
    • Started one game on October 1, 1974 and got a complete game victory.
    • Pitched for AAA Pawtucket for most of the 1975 season
    • Had a short July stint with Boston in 1975 and was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three games (two starts)
    • Traded with Juan Beniquez and Craig Skok to the Texas Rangers for Fergie Jenkins after the 1975 season
    • Appeared in 20 games (10 starts) for the Rangers in 1976 and was 2-6 with a 5.59 ERA
    • Taken by the Seattle Mariners in the expansion draft after the 1976 season
      • Steve never pitched in the Seattle organization, but no further transactions are shown in his baseball reference page
    • Pitched in the minors for the KC  Royals and Cleveland Indians organizations in 1977 and 1978 and retired after the 1978 season.
    • Steve is the uncle of pitcher Ryan Madson

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