Monday, August 3, 2009

1976 Topps #164 - Pepe Mangual

  • Pepe Mangual was an outfielder for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets from 1972-1977. He started in the Expos' organization in 1970 and got his first shot as a September call-up in 1972. Pepe had 13 at bats in 1972 and batted .273. He started the 1973 season with Montreal but was sent to the minors in early May. Pepe came back in August and ended up batting .177 in 62 at bats.
  • Mangual was in the minors for most of 1974 and was called up in September. He batted .311 in 61 at bats in 1974. He spent the entire 1975 season with Montreal as the starting center fielder and batted .245 in 140 games. Pepe also stole 33 bases that year. He tied a major league record on August 11 when he struck out five times in one nine-inning game.
  • Pepe started the 1976 season with the Expos and was traded to the Mets with Jim Dwyer for Del Unser and Wayne Garrett on July 21. For the two teams he batted .237 in 107 games.
  • In 1977 Mangual was in the minors until September. He batted .143 in eight at bats. He continued to play in the minors through the 1984 season but never made it back to the majors.

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