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1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #211 – Clay Carroll

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #211 – Clay Carroll

Carroll played in the majors for fifteen seasons, 8 of which were in Cincinnati as a member of the Reds’ pitching staff.

During those 8 seasons, Carroll started 15 games for the club.  But he really found his niche in the bullpen as he became their primary closer during the 1972 season.  In 486 games with the Reds, Carroll collected 119 saves along with a record of 71-43.

Carroll was a 2-time All-Star with the Reds.  He won a championship ring with the team in 1975 but was traded during the offseason before the Reds went on to win their 1976 title.

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Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

About two weeks ago Ron sent me an email asking I would like a few of his extra ’75 Topps cards featuring guys for my team set.  With a checklist featuring more than 30 cards, I jumped at the chance to secure a few freebies!!!

Here they are:

Jack Billingham – Billingham was a solid part of the Reds pitching staff in 1975 and 1976.  With 15 and 12 wins respectively, he set the pace for what would be 10 consecutive seasons with double-digit victories.  Billingham was an All-star during the 1973 baseball season and he also finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.  Billingham was on both of the Reds’ championship winning teams in 1975 and 1976.

Pedro Borbon – Borbon starred for the Reds for 10 seasons.  During his days in Cincy, Pedro amassed a 62-39 record while capturing 76 saves.  Used primarily in middle relief, Borbon figured in several wins because of the powerful offense of ‘The Big Red Machine’.  Borbon’s career win percentage of .639 puts hi min 36th place on the all-time list.  Borbon was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series winning teams.

Clay Carroll – Carroll played 8 years for the Reds and enjoyed his greatest success as a major league pitcher with the team.  During that time, Carroll won 71 games while losing just 43 – good for a .623 win percentage.  Carroll was a 2-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 8 for the Cy Young award 2 times.  Carroll won one title with the Reds, in 1975.

Terry Crowley – Terry Crowley’s career as a Red lasted just 2 seasons – 1974 & 1975.  An outfielder, Crowley was used primarily as a utility guy to give the starters a break when needed.  Playing in just 150 games as a Red, Crowley amassed a .250 batting average while collecting 49 hits, 31 RBI, and scoring 19 runs.  Crowley was a member of the 1975 World Series winning team and he hit .500 in that championship match-up. 

Dan Driessen – Driessen was a solid contributor to the Reds team for 12 seasons.  A key, and underrated part of their offense, Driessen hit .271 as a Red while also scoring 661 runs, crushing 133 home runs, stealing 150 bases, and collecting 670 RBI.  Driessen won titles with the Reds in both ’75 & ’76 – and in that 1976 series, he hit .357 as he went 5-for-14.

Caser Geronimo – In the right place at the right time, Cesar Geronimo played 9 of his 15 big league seasons in Cincinnati.  A solid outfielder that could play both Center and Right very well, Geronimo won 4 consecutive Gold Gloves in Cincy from 1974-1977.  With the team, he hit .261, but during the World Series he rose his average to .290 en route to winning championships in both 1975 and 1976.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Ron!!! 

This was just the kick-start I needed to get going on this set.  I appreciate your extreme act of generosity!!!

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