Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Thursday, November 11, 2010

1976 Topps #612 - Joe Lahoud

  • Joe Lahoud was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1966. Joe showed some pretty good batting stats in the minors from 1966-1968 and was particularly adept at drawing walks. Lahoud was mostly an outfielder and DH during his career.
  • Lahoud started the 1968 season with Boston but was sent down at the end of April. He was rushed to the majors to replace the injured Tony Conigliaro. Joe came back up in June but was sent back down at the end of June and stayed in the minors for the rest of the season. Lahoud batted .192 in 29 games for the Red Sox in 1968. Here is an August 9, 1968 Life magazine article about the Boston Red Sox that mentions Joe.
  • Joe spent the entire 1969 season with Boston and batted .188 in 101 games. Joe hit three home runs in one game against the  Minnesota Twins on June 11, 1969.  Lahoud was in the minors for most of the 1970 season and batted .245 in 17 September games for Boston.
  • Lahoud batted .215 with 14 HR in 107 games for the Red Sox in 1971. After the 1971 season Joe was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in a large multi-player trade that involved George Scott and Jim Lonborg going to Milwaukee and Tommy Harper going to Boston.
  • Joe batted .237 with 12 HR in 111 games for the Brewers in 1972. Lahoud slumped to a .204 average with 5 HR in 96 games in 1973. After the 1973 season Joe was sent to the California Angels in another multi-player deal.
  • Lahoud had his best year in 1974. He batted .271 and drew enough walks to have a .367 on base percentage. Joe also showed some power by hitting 13 HR in 325 at bats. In 1975 Joe batted .214 but had a .372 on base percentage.
  • Joe started the 1976 season with the Angels. Lahoud batted .177 in 42 games and was sold to the  Texas Rangers on June 15. Joe batted .225 in 38 games for the Rangers in 1976. 
  • Lahoud was released by the Rangers during spring training in 1977. Joe signed with the Kansas City Royals and started the season in AAA Omaha. Joe was called up to Kansas City in mid July after batting .317 with 19 HR in 84 games for Omaha. Joe batted .262 with a .364 on base percentage in 34 games for the Royals in 1977. Lahoud played in one game in the 1977 ALCS and was 0 for 1 with two walks and scored two runs.
  • Joe didn't produce much in 1978 (.125 in 16 at bats) and was released on June 2.
  • Lahoud was inducted into the Henry Abbott Technical High School Hall of Fame in April 2010.
  • Liked to face: Dick Woodson (.462 in 13 AB); Gaylord Perry (.393 in 28 AB)
  • Hated to face: Sonny Siebert (.000 in 13 AB); Jim Perry (.087 in 23 AB); Jackie Brown (.095 in 21 AB)


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