Thursday, February 16, 2012

1977 Topps Baseball #103 - Mike Bacsik

  • This is the only card for Mike Bacsik.
  • Mike Bacsik was signed by the Texas Rangers in 1973.
  • Mike was in the minors for the entire 1973 and 1974 seasons.
  • Bacsik had a one month stint (mid June to mid July) with the Rangers in 1975. Mike pitched in seven games and started three of them. Bacsik picked up his first major league win on June 29. He had a 1-2 record with a 3.71 ERA.
  • Mike started the 1976 season with AAA Sacramento. He was recalled in late June and pitched in 23 games during the rest of the season. Bacsik went 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA for the Rangers in 1976.
  • Bacsik was in AAA for most of the 1977 and 1978 seasons. He got roughed up in his only two major  league appearances in 1977, and he didn't get up to the majors at all in 1978. After the 1978 season Mike was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Mac Scarce after the 1978 season. 
  • Bacsik started the 1979 season in AAA but was recalled in early May after pitching well in seven games. Mike stayed with the Twins for the rest of the 1979 season and had a 4-2 record with a 4.39 ERA in 31 games.
  • Mike found himself in AAA again at the beginning of the 1980 season. He pitched pretty well there (7-2, 7 saves, 3.60 ERA in 26 games). Bacsik was with the Twins for about six weeks from late June to early August. He pitched in ten games and was 0-0 with a 4.30 ERA.
  • After the 1980 season Bacsik was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Steve Stroughter. Mike didn't make the Seattle club in spring training and was cut in late March. He retired at the age of 28.
  • Mike's son (also named Mike) pitched in the majors from 2001 to 2007. The younger Mike gave up Barry Bonds' 756th home run. An oddity is that the elder Mike was one of 30 pitchers to have pitched to Hank Aaron when he was at 755 home runs. Mike the younger quipped, "If my dad had been gracious enough to let Hank Aaron hit a home run, we both would have given up 756."
  • 1977 Stats:
    • Texas Rangers: 0-0, 19.21 ERA in 2 games (2.1 innings, 5 runs allowed)
    • Tucson Toros (AAA): 4-8, 7.51 ERA in 30 games (18 starts)
  • 1977  Highlights:
    • No real highlights -- he was in two games and he gave up multiple runs in both of them.
  • Other card blogs: none

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