Sunday, May 20, 2012

1977 Topps Baseball #194 - Gary Matthews

  • Gary Matthews was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent after the 1976 season (5 years, $1.2 million). Braves owner Ted Turner was suspended by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for tampering because he talked with Gary before he was supposed to.
  • As a Giants fan, I still lament the fact that they couldn't keep some of those good young outfielders that they had in the early-mid 1970s. They let Matthews, Garry Maddox, and George Foster get away. That would have been a great outfield in the late 70s. 
  • Gary had a good season in his first year in Atlanta. He didn't lead the team in any major categories, but he was a good compliment to Jeff  Burroughs and Willie Montanez. Unfortunately for the Braves, those three were pretty much the entire offense during the 1977 season.
  • 1977 Stats: .283, 17 HR, 64 RBI, .362 on base percentage
  • 1977 Highlights:
  • Other card blogs: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1976 Hostess, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988

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