Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Friday, October 29, 2010

1976 Topps #599 - Rookie Pitchers (Dressler, Guidry, McClure, Zachry)



  • Rob Dressler
    • First round of the San Francisco Giants in 1972
    • Spent a lot of time with the AAA Phoenix Giants, which is where I remember him
    • Pitched in three games (two starts) in September 1975 and was 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA
    • Was up and down between San Francisco and Phoenix in 1976
    • Went 3-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 25 games (19 starts) for the Giants in 1977
    • Spent the entire 1977 season in Phoenix
    • Started 20 games for Phoenix in 1977 before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 24 for John Tamargo
    • Spent some time in AAA Springfield before coming up to the Cardinals in September
    • Pitched in three games (two starts) for the Cardinals in 1978 and was 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA
    • Was loaned to Seattle and pitched for the Mariners' AAA Spokane club for two months.
    • Sold to Seattle in early June
    • Went 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA in 21 games (11 starts) for the Mariners in 1979
    • Appeared in 30 games (14 starts) for the Mariners in 1980 and was 4-10 with a 3.98 ERA
    • Released during spring training in 1981 and retired
  • Ron Guidry
    • "Louisiana Lightning" was one of the Yankees that I liked.
    • Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1971 and pitched in the minors until 1976
    • Had brief trials in 1975 (0-1, 3.45 ERA in 10 games) and in 1976 (0-0, 5.63 ERA in 7 games)
    • 1977: 16-7 with a 2.82 ERA
    • 1978: A dominant season in which he had a 25-3 record with a 1.74 ERA (led the AL in wins and in ERA)
    • Won the 1978 AL Cy Young Award and finished second in MVP voting
    • 1979: 18-8, 2.78 ERA (led the AL in ERA)
    • 1980: 17-10, 3.56 ERA
    • 1981: 11-5, 2.76 ERA
    • 1982: 14-8, 3.81 ERA
    • 1983: 21-9, 3.42 ERA, led the AL with 21 complete games
    • 1984: 10-11, 4.59 ERA
      • Struck out three batters on nine pitches (Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek, Greg Luzinski) on August 7, 1984
    • 1985: Ron's last big year -- 22-6 with a 3.27 ERA (led the AL in wins)
    • 1986: 9-12, 3.98 ERA
    • 1987: 5-8, 3.67 ERA
    • 1988: 2-3, 4.18 ERA in 10 starts
    • Retired with a record of 170-91 (.651 winning percentage)
    • All Star Game record:
      • 1978 - 0.1 IP, 0 runs
      • 1979 - 0.1 IP, 1 BB, 0 runs
      • 1982 - did not pitch
      • 1983 - did not pitch
    • Gold Glove winner five times (1982-1986)
    • Post season record:
      • 1977 ALCS - 1-0, 3.97 ERA in 2 starts
      • 1977 World Series - 1-0, 2.00 ERA in 1 start
      • 1978 ALCS - 1-0, 1.13 ERA in 1 start
      • 1978 World Series - 1-0, 1.00 ERA in 1 start
      • 1980 ALCS - 0-1, 12.00 ERA in 1 start
      • 1981 ALDS - 0-0, 5.40 ERA in 2 starts
      • 1981 World Series - 1-1, 1.93 ERA in 2 starts
    • Was the Yankees' pitching coach in 2006 and 2007
    • Baseball Digest articles
  • Bob McClure
    • Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973 but did not sign
    • Drafted by the Kansas City Royals later in 1973 and signed
    • Had brief stints with the Royals in 1975 (1-0, 0.00 ERA in 12 games) and in 1976 (0-0, 9.00 ERA in nine games)
    • Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers with Jamie Quirk and Jim Wohlford for Darrell Porter and Jim Colborn
    • Was a reliever for the Brewers from 1977-1981
      • 1977: 2-1, 6 saves, 2.52 ERA in 68 games
      • 1978: 2-6, 9 saves, 3.74 ERA in 44 games
      • 1979: 5-2, 5 saves, 3.88 ERA in 36 games
      • 1980: 5-8, 10 saves, 3.08 ERA in 52 games (5 starts)
      • 1981: 0-0, 3.52 ERA in four games (missed most of the season with arm problems)
    • Pitched in three games in the 1981 ALDS and allowed no runs in 3.1 innings
    • Became a starting pitcher in 1982 and started most of the time through the 1984 season
    • Went 12-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 34 games (26 starts) in 1982
    • Won game 5 in a 1.2 inning relief stint in the 1982 NLCS
    • Earned saves in games 4 and 5 and took the loss in games 2 and 7 in the 1982 World Series
    • Went 9-9 with an ERA of 4.50 in 24 games (23 starts) in 1983
    • Appeared in 39 games (18 starts) in 1984 and was 4-8 with a 4.38 ERA
    • Became a full-time reliever again in 1985 and started only one game for the remainder of his career
    • In 1985 he appeared in 38 games (1 start) and was 4-1 with a 4.32 ERA
    • Started the 1986 season with the Brewers (2-1, 3.86 ERA in 13 games) and was traded to the  Montreal Expos on June 8 for a minor leaguer
    • Was 2-5 with six saves and had a 3.02 ERA in 52 games for the Expos in 1986
    • Appeared in 52 games and was 6-1 with five saves and had a 3.44 ERA in 1987
    • Started the 1988 season with the Expos (1-3, 6.16 ERA in 19 games) and was released on July 2
    • Signed with the New York Mets on July 13, 1988 and was 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 14 games.
    • Released after the 1988 season and later signed with the California Angels
    • 1989: 6-1, 3 saves, 1.55 ERA in 48 games
    • 1990: 2-0, 6.43 ERA in 11 games
    • Did not pitch  until August 18 of 1990 due to injury
    • Started 1991 with the Angels (0-0, 9.31 ERA in 13 games) and was released on June 16
    • Signed with the St. Louis Cardinals a week later and was 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in 32 games
    • Went 2-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 71 games in 1992
    • Became a free agent after the 1992 season and signed with the Florida Marlins
    • Went 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in 14 games in 1993 and was released in mid-May
    • Coached in the Colorado Rockies organization from 1999-2005
    • Has been the pitching coach for the Royals since 2006
  • Pat Zachry
    • Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.
    • Came up to the Reds in 1976 and was the NL Rookie of the Year
    • Went 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA in 38 games (28 starts) in 1976
    • Started and won game 2 of the 1976 NLCS
    • Started and won game 3 of the 1976 World Series
    • Began the 1977 season with the Reds and went 3-7 with a 5.04 ERA in 12 starts
    • Went to the New York Mets as part of the big Tom Seaver trade on June 15, 1977
    • Started 19 games for the Mets in 1977 and had a 7-6 record with a 3.76 ERA
    • Made the NL All Star team in 1978 but didn't pitch in the game
    • Was injured in 1978 and didn't pitch after July 24.
    • Went 10-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 21 starts in 1978
      • Broke  his foot when he tried to kick a helmet in the dugout after giving up a hit (game #38) during Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak and was out for the rest of the year
    • Started seven games in 1979 (5-1, 3.59 ERA) but didn't pitch after June 8
    • Was 6-10 with a 3.01 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) in 1980
    • Led the NL with 14 losses in 1981 (7-14, 4.14 ERA in 24 starts)
    • Was a swingman in 1982 and went 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 36 games (16 starts)
    • Traded to the LA Dodgers after the 1982 season for Jorge Orta
    • Became a reliever with the Dodgers in 1983 and was 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 40 games (1 start)
    • Pitched in two games in the 1983 NLCS and allowed one run in four innings
    • Appeared in 58 games in 1984 and was 5-6 with a 3.81 ERA
    • Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Al Oliver before the 1985 season
    • Had a 4.26 ERA in ten games before his release on June 8, 1985
    • Pitched in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989
    • Taught high school in California after his playing career
    • Now lives in Texas. Here is his TTM information

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