1983 Topps Super Veteran – Sparky Lyle
Man-o-Man. I am ashamed to admit that I knew nothing about Sparky Lyle before getting this card. Well, actually I knew that he had a cool nickname – but that was it.
I’ve come to find out that Sparky Lyle is a former Cy Young Award winner. Back in 1977, Lyle won the award while posting 26 saves for the Yankees after appearing in 72 games. His 2.17 ERA and 13-5 record rounded out his solid 1977 campaign.
I also did not know that Sparky Lyle went from playing his first 5 seasons with the Boston Red Sox to playing his next 7 for their biggest nemesis, the New York Yankees. I’ve always wondered how other players that went through the ‘Johnny Damon Experience’ had been treated by the cities, teams, media, and fans as they swapped uniforms for rival teams in one of sport’s greatest rivalries. I’m sure that ‘Sparky’ has some pretty good stories to share as a result.