Tuesday, June 11, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #541 - John Denny

  • John Denny had a tough year in 1977. He injured his hamstring on May 2 and missed two weeks. Denny had a hot start -- he was 7-0 at the end of May. But John missed five more weeks in June and July with another hamstring injury and struggled after he came back. John's ERA rose by nearly two runs from his league-leading 2.52 of a year ago.
  • 1977 Stats: 8-8, 4.51 ERA in 26 starts
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • May 21 - Singled in two runs and earned the victory in the Cardinals' 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants.
    • May 31 - Won his seventh game without a loss by shutting out the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on five hits.
    • June 11 - Hit Reggie Smith in the back with a pitch after allowing seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. Smith charged the mound and punches were exchanged between John and Reggie. Neither Smith or Denny were ejected, but Denny was pulled from the game by St. Louis manager Vern Rapp after the brawl. The Cardinals lost the game to the LA Dodgers 9-8.
  • Other card blogs: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986

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