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1975 Topps Set Card 314/660 – #242 – Jay Johnstone, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 314/660 – #242 – Jay Johnstone, Phillies

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Card Number:  242

Player Name:  Jay Johnstone

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 20 seasons, 1966-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jay Johnstone played in 122 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1975.  He connected for 115 hits in 350 at-bats en route to a .329 batting average.  Of his 115 hits, Johnstone connected for 19 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, and 86 singles.  He also scored 50 runs for the team while driving in 54.

Notes From Career:  Jay Johnstone played for eight different major league clubs during his 20-season big league career.  He is a lifetime .267 hitter with 1,254 hits in 1,748 games played.  Johnstone has 215 doubles, 38 triples, and 102 home runs on his resume.  He is a member of two World Series championship squads – the 1978 New York Yankees and the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

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Card Number:  390

Player Name:  Ron Cey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1971-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cey played in 158 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He hit .283 with 160 hits for the team in 566 at-bats.  Of his 160 hits, Cey connected for 29 doubles and 25 home runs while scoring 72 times and driving in 101 runs.  Cey was selected as a National League All-Star in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Ron Cey is a career .261 hitter with 1,868 hits.  He has 328 doubles and 316 lifetime home runs.  He scored 977 runs during his 17 seasons in the majors, while also driving in 1,139.  Cey is a 6-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 1981 World Series.

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1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

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Card Number:  47

Player Name:  Tommy John

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  26 seasons, 1963-74, 1976-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tommy John did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Tommy John capped his amazing 26-season major league career with a record of 288-231.  John was a 4-time All-Star pitcher who played for six different teams during his career.  He has a career ERA of 3.34 in 4,710 innings of work.  John struck out 2,245 batters in that time while allowing 4,783 hits and 2,017 runs to score.  He played in three World Series match-up during his career, coming up short in each.

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1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Reggie Smith

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1966-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Reggie Smith played in 135 games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  Smith was selected as an All-Star in that season due to his .302 batting average with 144 hits and .382 on-base percentage.  Of Smith’s 144 hits, he connected for 26 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 home runs.  He scored 67 runs for the club and drove in 76.

Notes From Career:  Reggie Smith is a 7-time All-Star with a Gold Glove to his credit.  A 17-year veteran, Smith connected for 2,020 career hits en route to a lifetime batting average of .287.  Smith played for four different major league teams during his 17-season career, making it to 4 World Series championships.  He won a World Series title as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

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1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 22nd place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 184/660 – #124 – Jerry Reuss, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 184/660 – #124 – Jerry Reuss, Pirates

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Player Name:  Jerry Reuss

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  22 seasons, 1969-90

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Jerry Reuss appeared in 32 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He compiled a record of 18-11 for the ‘Bucs’ with 15 complete games and 6 shutouts.  In 237 innings of work, Reuss allowed 224 hits and 73 runs en route to an ERA of 2.54.  He also struck out 131 batters in ’75 while walking 78.

Notes From Career:  Jerry Reuss suited up for 9 different teams during his 22-season career.  He was a 2-time All-Star and finished his playing days with a record of 220-191 and 11 saves.  Reuss has a lifetime ERA of 3.64 with 1,907 strikeouts to his credit.  Jerry Reuss was a member of the 1981 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

The ‘Goose’ turns 63 years old today.

The man known for his famous facial hair has an equally impressive baseball resume. With a career that spanned 22 seasons, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage put together a Hall of Fame caliber list of accomplishments.

124 Wins, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA, 1,502 strikeouts, a 9-time All-star, 5 Top-6 finishes for the Cy Young Award, and a World Series champion!! Not too shabby, not too shabby at all…

Happy Birthday ‘Goose’!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Steve Garvey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Garvey was a machine for the Dodgers in 1975.  Playing in 160 games, Garvey hit .319 with 210 hits in 659 at-bats.  Of his 210 hits, Garvey connected for 38 doubles, 6 triples, and 18 home runs.  He scored 85 runs for the team while also driving in 95.  Garvey was named as an All-Star in 1975, and he also captured a Gold Glove Award.

Notes From Career:  Steve Garvey was a fan favorite during his 19-year major league career.  He was a 10-time All-Star that won four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at first base.  Garvey is a lifetime .294 hitter with 2,599 career hits including 440 doubles and 272 home runs.  He won the 1974 NL MVP Award and was a member of the 1981 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 121/660 – #129 – Rick Monday, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 121/660 – #129 – Rick Monday, Cubs

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Player Name:  Rick Monday

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rick Monday played in 136 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He collected 131 hits in those games en route to a .267 batting average.  Of his 131 hits, Monday supplied a nice amount of power with his 29 doubles and 17 home runs.  He drove in 60 runs for the Cubs in 1975 while also scoring 89 times.

Notes From Career:  Over his 19-year major league career, Rick Monday played for three prominent franchises – The A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers.  He was a 2-time All-Star and a member of the 1981 World Series championship winning LA Dodgers.  Monday retired from the sport with a lifetime .264 batting average with 1,169 hits including 241 home runs.

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1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Bill Russell

Card Number:  23

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1969-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Limited to just 86 games played in 1975, Russell hit just .206.  He missed half of the season due to injuries, including one to his shoulder.

Notes From Career:  Russell was a member of the Dodgers’ longest running infield during  the 1970’s.  He is a career .263 hitter with 1,926 career hits.  Russell was a 3-time All-Star and retired with a .961 fielding percentage.  He was a member of the 1981 World Series winning Dodgers.

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