Tuesday, March 31, 2009

1976 Topps #25 - Mike Torrez

Mike Torrez won 185 games in an 18-year career with seven different teams. He started out with the Expos in 1967. He was traded to the Orioles along with Ken Singleton before the 1975 season (what a steal for the Orioles -- they gave up an end-of-career Dave McNally and a couple of spare parts).
When this card was printed, he was coming off of his only 20-win season (20-9, 3.06 with Baltimore). He and Don Baylor were traded to Oakland before the 1976 season for Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman. He won 16 games with the A's and then was traded to the Yankees in April 1977. He won 14 games with the Yankees and had two complete-game victories in the '77 Series.
Mike signed with Boston as a free agent after the 1977 season and pitched for the Sox for five years. Mike was famous (or infamous) for giving up the Bucky Dent homer in the 163rd game of the 1978 season. He finished up his career with the Mets (1983 and 1984) and the A's (1984).
Here is a nice "catching up" article about Torrez.

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