Sunday, June 16, 2024

1981 Topps Tom Hausman

First, RIP Hank Foiles, who played in the majors from 1953 to 1964. He shared a baseball card story with this blog in 2018.

The front: Hausman fires off a pitch at Shea Stadium.

The back: The Mets were famously tight-fisted during the free-agent era, so their first-ever free agent was someone who had just come off a full season in the minor leagues and would start his Mets career at AAA. Not exactly Catfish Hunter.

The player: Hausman had an undistinguished career, mostly in relief. He pitched for the Mets from 1978 to 1982 and ended his career with three games for the Braves. Overall in 160 games (33 starts) he went 15-23 with a 3.80 ERA.

The man: After his playing career he was a youth coach in Nevada, coaching a team that played in the Little League World Series tournament. He died in 2019.

My collection: I have 13 of his cards, from 1976 to 1983. I would be interested in trading for 1977 Cramer Spokane Indians #7.

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