Friday, April 10, 2009

1976 Topps #34 - Mike Garman

Mike Garman pitched mostly out of the bullpen for five teams from 1969-1978. He spent a lot of time in the minors in the Red Sox organization from 1967-1972, then stuck with the big club in 1973. After the 1973 season he was traded by the Boston Red Sox with John Curtis and Lynn McGlothen to the St. Louis Cardinals for Reggie Cleveland, Terry Hughes and Diego Segui.
Mike went 7-2 and 3-8 in two years with the Cardinals (with ERAs under 3.00 both years) then went to the Cubs for the 1976 season in a trade for Don Kessinger. He went 2-4, 4.95 with the Cubs, then was traded with Rick Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jeff Albert (minors), Bill Buckner and Ivan DeJesus.
Mike had a good year with the Dodgers in 1977 (4-4, 2.73, 12 saves) but he had a slow start in 1978 and was traded to the Montreal Expos in May. He finished the year with the Expos and then was released in spring training of 1979. He pitched in AAA in 1979 and then hung 'em up.

1 comment:

  1. Mike Garman is one of those guys who has a tough time getting his own rookie card. Garman shares it with Cecil Cooper (a very good player) and Carlton Fisk (a HOF).