Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1977 Topps Baseball #225 - Bob Apodaca

  • This would be Bob Apodaca's final major league season. Bob was injured and never pitched in the majors again after the injury. Apodaca tore ligaments in his pitching elbow during spring training in 1978 and missed the whole season. He tried a couple of comebacks in the minors in 1979 and in 1981.
  • 1977 Stats: 4-8, 5 saves, 3.43 ERA in 59 games
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • June 5 - Caused some confusion in the 9th inning of a game when he was calling for who to catch a fly ball. John Stearns and John Milner were both in the vicinity and Apodaca called out, "John! John!" The ball dropped to the ground and Philadelphia's Ted Sizemore was safe at first base. Pinch runner Terry Harmon was caught stealing second base so the play didn't have any bearing on the outcome of the game (the Mets won 6-5 in ten innings).
    • June 30 - Pitched 2 2/3 innings and earned the win as the  Mets beat the Montreal Expos 4-3.
    • Sept 18 - Left the game with an injury with two out in the 9th inning while facing Chicago's Larry Biittner. It ended up being Bob's final major league game.
  • Other card blogs: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980

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