Wednesday, April 24, 2019

1981 Topps Terry Forster

The front: A simple headshot. Not sure of the location – maybe Veterans Stadium?

The back: The Fireman of the Year award was created by The Sporting News in 1960, and renamed Reliever of the Year in 2001. It was discontinued in 2010. The player who won the award the most was Mariano Rivera (six times).

The player: Forster was hurt in 1975, the year after winning Fireman of the Year, allowing Rich Gossage to win the White Sox closer job. Forster would go on to pitch for four other teams, most prominently the Dodgers, helping them win two pennants and the 1981 World Series.

The man: Forster was famously called a “fat tub of goo” by David Letterman. Forster was amused, not offended, and appeared on the show, saying “a waist is a terrible thing to mind”. He even recorded a song about being fat. He seems to have kept a low profile after his playing career, however. A few years ago he was the pitching coach at the University of Ottawa.

My collection: I have 28 of his cards, from 1973 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1972 Topps #539.

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