Tuesday, August 28, 2012

1977 Topps Baseball #294 - George Medich


  • Although he spent only one of his 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, I've always thought of Doc Medich as a Pirate. The 1977 set apparently have left its mark on me (along with the 1976 traded card).
  • Doc Medich moved around a lot in 1977. During spring training he was involved in a big trade. The Pirates got Phil Garner, Tommy Helms, and Chris Batton. The Oakland A's got  Medich, Tony Armas, Doug Bair, Dave Giusti, Rick Langford, and Mitchell Page.
  • Doc feuded with A's owner Charlie Finley and the A's sold him to the Seattle Mariners on September 13.
  • On September 26 Medich was waived again and claimed by the New York Mets. Doc took the loss against his old team (Pittsburgh) in his only appearance for the Mets.
  • After the 1977 season Medich started his first year of residency at Allegheny General Hospital. 
  • Medich signed a 4-year contract with the Texas Rangers in November 1977.
  • 1977 Stats:
    • Oakland A's - 10-6, 4.69 ERA in 26 games (25 starts)
    • Seattle Mariners - 2-0, 3.63 ERA in 3 starts
    • New York Mets - 0-1, 3.86 ERA in 1 start
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • Aug 31 - Allowed six hits and three runs in 8 1/3 innings and earned the win in Oakland's 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.
    • Sept 16 - Allowed one run in his first start as a Seattle Mariner. Medich pitched a complete game as the A's beat the AL West leading Kansas City Royals 4-1.
  • Other card blogs: 1974, 19751976, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982

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