Friday, August 12, 2011

1976 Hostess #78 - Jerry Grote

  • Jerry Grote was toward the end of his run as the starting catcher for the New York Mets in 1976
  • This card represents Jerry's best offensive five-year run
  • Grote made the NL All Star team in 1974
  • Jerry batted .272 in 323 at bats in 1976
  • After the 1976 season Jerry considered retirement due to accumulated injuries and being "tired of  baseball"
  • Grote started the 1977 season with the Mets but didn't play  much and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in late August.
  • Jerry played sparingly for the Dodgers in 1977 and in 1978 before retiring.
  • Grote made a comeback with the Kansas City Royals in 1981. He was released at the end of August and wasn't happy about it. Jerry also played for the Dodgers for a short time before retiring permanently after the 1981 season.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? after peak

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