Sunday, January 20, 2019

1981 Topps Mike Hargrove

The front: Not sure what ballpark would have had a red wall in right field. Looks too big to be a spring training field.

The back: Hargrove made out in his only All-Star at-bat, a long flyout to right field off of Don Sutton.

The player: Hargrove is one of the few men to play over 1500 major league games and then manage over 1500 major league games. He won two pennants as a manager and is in the top 75 all time in on-base percentage.

The man: After a long managing and coaching career, he is now an Indians senior advisor. He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2009.

My collection: I have 27 of his cards, from 1975 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1976 Topps #485.

1981 Topps Doug Bair

The front: Here’s Bair “Suttoning” in what appears to be the Shea Stadium dugout.

The back: That 1979 NLCS appearance was not a happy one for Bair. He came in to a tie game in the tenth inning and allowed a run on an RBI single by Dave Parker, saddling Bair with the loss.

The player: Other than a stint as a closer for the Reds in 1978 and 1979, Bair had a long career as a well-traveled middle reliever, pitching for seven teams in 15 years. In 584 games he went 55-43 with 81 saves and a 3.63 ERA.

The main: Bair was a minor league coach for many seasons and is now retired.

My collection: I have 21 of his cards, from 1978 to 1990. I would be interested in trading for 1985 Wendy’s/Coca-Cola Tigers #2.