Saturday, May 4, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #495 - Al Hrabosky

  • Al Hrabosky wasn't as effective in 1977 as he was in previous seasons. Al lost a lot of his aura when new Cardinals manager Vern Rapp made him shave his Fu Manchu mustache and cut his hair.
  • Al was suspended for insubordination in May. The Cardinals relaxed the facial hair rule in July. Al went 4-1 with 2 saves and had a 4.05 ERA after the rule was relaxed.
  • 1977 Stats: 6-5, 10 saves, 4.38 ERA in 65 games
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • May 6 - Pitched two innings and allowed one run to gain the save in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Houston Astros. A brawl got started in the 9th inning when Al hit Cesar Cedeno with a pitch. Cedeno charged the mound and the benches emptied. Neither Cedeno or Hrabosky were ejected, but two others were tossed.
    • Aug 8 - Pitched two  innings and earned the save as the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 4-2.
  • Other card blogs: 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 19761976 Kellogg's1979, 1980

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