Wednesday, June 12, 2019

1981 Topps Charlie Liebrandt

The front: Delivering a pitch at a sun-drenched Shea Stadium. This must be July 27, 1980. Leibrandt started and was ineffective, allowing four runs in three innings. He was relieved with a 7-4 lead by Joe Price after allowing the first five batters to reach base in the fourth. Price got the win with 6 innings of shutout relief as the Reds cruised to a 10-4 victory.

The back: Leibrandt’s Indianapolis teammate Bruce Berenyi led the American Association with a 2.82 ERA in 1979.

The player: Leibrandt was a solid starter for the great Royals teams of the mid-80s and the great Braves teams of the early-90s. In 394 games he went 140-119 with a 3.71 ERA. The postseason was a nightmare for Leibrandt. In 13 games he was just 1-7 despite an entirely decent 3.77 ERA. He lost the last game of the 1984 ALCS, pitching a complete game but losing 1-0. In 1985 He Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the World Series despite taking a shutout into the ninth in both games. In the famous Game 6 of the 1991 World Series he was used in an unfamiliar relief role by manager Bobby Cox and surrendered Kirby Puckett’s iconic home run. The next year Cox again put Leibrandt in the same situation, and Leibrandt allowed Dave Winfield’s series-winning hit, again in Game 6.

The man: Leibrandt is now a youth baseball coach in Georgia.

My collection: I have 75 of his cards, from 1981 to 1994. I would be interested in trading for 1984 TCMA Omaha Royals #1.

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