Saturday, May 2, 2009

1976 Topps #60 - Jerry Reuss

Jerry Reuss won 220 games in a career that spanned from 1969-1990. He was one of the few players to play in four different decades. He is probably best known for his stint with the Dodgers from 1979-1987. Jerry was also one of the few pitchers to win over 200 games without winning 20 games in a season.
As this card shows, Reuss was an All-Star in 1975. He was 18-11 with a 2.54 ERA that year. Jerry remained as a valuable started with Pittsburgh through 1977. He had a bad year in 1978 and was traded to the Dodgers after the season for Rick Rhoden. He didn't do very well in 1979 (7-14, 3.54) but bounced back in 1980 with his best year (18-6, 2.54), no-hit the Giants, was second in Cy Young balloting, and won NL Comeback Player of the Year. Here is a Sports Illustrated article about Reuss from August of that season.
At the end of his career Jerry must have really wanted to pitch. He spent time in the minors both in 1987 and in 1990. The 1987 stint looks like it could have been a rehab assignment.
Jerry Reuss is now a color commentator for LA Dodgers broadcasts.

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