Friday, March 27, 2009

1976 Topps #20 - Bob Watson

The first time I noticed Bob Watson (besides as a card I needed) was when he scored baseball's "millionth run" in 1975. This number only includes runs scored in the NL and AL.
Bob Watson had a solid 18-year career mostly with the Houston Astros. He bounced between the bigs and the minors from 1966-1969 and stuck with the Astros in 1970. He was at the peak of his career in the mid-70s. He probably would have had more homers if he were playing anywhere else but Houston. He was still good for 15-20 homers a year and was consistently near the .300 mark. With Boston in 1979 he was the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues.
After his playing career he became a baseball executive. He became the first African-American general manager after the 1993 season when he got the job with Houston. Bob was Houston's GM until 1995, then he moved over to the Yankees and was their GM until 1998. He is now the vice-president in charge of discipline for Major League Baseball.

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