Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1981 Topps Jim Slaton


The front: A very blue sky that matches his uniform.

The back: 44 years later, Slaton is still the all-time Brewers leader in wins (117), innings (2,025.1), games started (268), and shutouts (19). Not much of a history for long-time Brewers pitchers, is there?

The player: Slaton was more of a durable innings-eater than an elite pitcher, which is why the Brewers' all-time wins leader is not in the team hall of fame or The Collector's All-Time Brewers team. He would have high ERAs and low strikeout totals, at best a mid-rotation starter. Though he was an All-Star in 1977, his best season was 1982, when he went 10-6 with a 3.29 ERA, largely in relief, and won Game 4 of the World Series. In 16 seasons, including stints in California and Detroit, he went 151-158 with a 4.03 ERA.

The man: After his playing career Slaton was a long-time minor league pitching coach. He is now retired, though he still makes public appearances for the Brewers.

My collection: I have 36 of his cards, from 1973 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1972 Topps #744.

1 comment: