Thursday, October 10, 2019

1981 Topps Ross Grimsley

The front: This was one of the most famous photos in the 1981 set, due to Grimsley’s hair, some of the longest to be seen on a baseball card to that point. These days, long hair like that is not at all unusual for a baseball player.

The back: The Montreal chapter of the BBWAA elected an Expos player of the year in each of the franchise’s 36 seasons. Gary Carter and Vladimir Guerrero each won the award four times.
The player: Ross Grimsley was a very good starting pitcher for the Reds, Orioles and Expos throughout the 1970s. His best season was 1978, when he went 20-11 with a 3.05 ERA for the Expos. After that season, however, injuries and ineffectiveness cut his career short. Overall, in 345 major league games, he went 124-99 with a 3.81 ERA.

The man: Grimsley was a minor league pitching coach for over 30 years. He is now Executive Vice President, MLB & Professional Sports, at Harvest Moon Inventions, which makes the Triple Play protective baseball cap.

My collection: I have fourteen of his cards, from 1972 to 1981. I would be interested in trading for 1979 Hostess #5.

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