Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1981 Topps Jim Dwyer

The front: The photographer catches Dwyer laughing in one of the better candid shots so far in this set.

The back: Dwyer’s pinch-hit single off of Bill Castro in the top of the ninth inning scored Carl Yastrzemski and George Scott to break a 10-10 tie. Bob Stanley finished off the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth to give Boston the 12-10 victory.

The player: Dwyer spent 18 years in the major leagues as a pinch-hitter and platoon OF-DH. His 103 pinch hits rank 17th all-time. In 1,328 at-bats for seven teams, mostly the Cardinals and Orioles, Dwyer hit .260 with 77 HR and 349 RBI.

The man: Dwyer coached for many years in the Twins organization, retiring after the 2016 season.

My collection: I have 33 of his cards, from 1975 to 1990. I would be interested in trading for 1989 Donruss Baseball’s Best #311.

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