Monday, November 14, 2011

1977 Topps Baseball #8 - 1976 Leading Firemen

  • The first "leading firemen" card was in the 1973 Topps set.
  • Bill Campbell makes the first of two appearances on a leading firemen card
    • In 1976 Bill had a record of 17-5 and led the AL with a .773 winning percentage. He also led the league with 78 appearances.
    • After the 1976 season Campbell became one of the first big-money free agents and signed with the Boston Red Sox.
    • Campbell was the AL leading fireman again in 1977, but he had arm problems in 1978 and wasn't the same pitcher after that.
  • Rawly Eastwick had his best season in 1976. He had an 11-5 record with a 2.09 ERA and an NL-leading 26 saves.
    • During the 1977 season Eastwick didn't see eye-to-eye with Reds' management and was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn't have anywhere near as much success in St. Louis (or any of the other teams for which he pitched).

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