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

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

Progress: 266/660

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.


Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Is it just me or is the term ‘Tommy John Surgery’ becoming more and more commonplace and less and less ‘unusual’ than it was 5-10 seasons ago.

It seems like every 3-4 days my MLB app on my phone tells me that another pitcher is opting for Tommy John Surgery and is out for a year.

This year specifically, the number seems to be soaring.  I believe that the last count I had was 13 pitchers since Spring Training have had the surgery – and we are just in the middle of the month or April.  Not August, APRIL!!


And it seems to be effecting both young and older players, and not just starting pitchers either…  Names like Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, and phenom Jameson Taillon have all gone under the knife recently.

Some other notable pitchers that have been sidelined for the same surgery include Brian Wilson, Steven Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, and John Smoltz.

So, what is the reason for all of these major operations?  Poor technique?  Poor conditioning?  Not warming up the arm properly?  Not enough rest between activity?

I am very eager to hear what you think.  Personally, I think it has more to do with technique than anything else.  Very few pitchers use their legs the way that they should, so more emphasis and strain is put on the arm to bring force to the hitters.  If there was more attention paid to technique at an earlier age  where using the mound and your legs and core was part of the training, I think we would see less and less of these problems.

Tommy John scar

What do you think?


’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

Shout out to my man ‘Hackenbush‘ for the fantastic idea!!!

Being that we both have a fondness for players from that era, he challenged me with this idea.  And while it took me a few weeks longer than what I wanted, it was not due to lack of interest.  It was that I had to revamp and revise the list time after time after time.

And while I am still not 100% sold on the final rankings, I am ready to publish my list tonight.

As for criteria, I tried to pick players that starred during the 1960s and 1970s for the majority of their prime.  And while I do think that there are several HOFers that seem to be forgotten from that period (Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock to name a few), if you are in the HOF you are not on my list.

So, with all of that being said – Let’s Do This!!!

Honorable Mention – Ted Simmons, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Tony Oliva, Tug McGraw, and Lou Piniella.

10B – Tommy John – 288 career wins with 162 complete games is nothing to sneeze at.  John was an All-Star four times and made it to the playoffs five times.

10A – Dwight Evans – A supreme defender with a cannon for an arm, Evans also delivered a punch at the plate as he connected for 385 home runs, and driving in 1,384 runners.

9 – Willie Randolph – A slick defender with unreal quickness, Randolph stole 271 bases and scored 1,239 times en route to six All-Star selections.

8 – Fred Lynn – The 1975 ROY and MVP was a supreme star from the moment he took the field.  Earning nine straight All-Star selections to start his career, Lynn was on par with the best outfielders in the AL for a decade.  And his 1979 batting title aint to shabby either…

7  -Dave Parker – A slugger in every sense of the word, Parker clubbed home runs for a living while helping make the Pirates franchise relevant.  339 career home runs with two batting titles and 7 All-Star selections solidifies the resume of the 1974 NL MVP.

6 – Luis Tiant – Ask anyone that faced him during his prime and they will tell you.  Luis Tiant was a monster!!!  With 229 career wins and 187 complete games, Tiant was a worker.  He threw more than 200 innings in 8 of his 19 seasons.

5 – Keith Hernandez – Before he was appearing in Seinfeld episodes or selling hair color for men, Hernandez was dominating baseball games as a defensive specialist.  He collected 11 Gold Glove awards in 17 seasons and his batting title in 1979 coupled with his Gold Glove status made him an MVP.

4 – Bill Madlock – Winning four batting titles is remarkable.  And winning them over a stretch of a 11-season span shows your dedication to the craft.  Madlock retired with a .305 batting average and rang up 11 seasons in which he hit .300 or better.

3 – Dave Kingman – He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.  He was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn.  In total, Kingman crushed 442 home runs, including eclipsing the 30-HR mark seven times.  Kingman was a 3-time All-Star.

2 – Maury Wills – A threat on the base paths from the moment he stepped onto the field, Maury Wills raised the bar when it came to base running and specifically base stealing.  The league champion for six consecutive seasons, Wills was the single season record owner, and swiped 586 bags during his 14-year career.

1 – Vida Blue – With uncanny talent, and a string team behind him, Blue was the AL MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971.  He would have five more Top 7 finishes for the Cy Young Award and also 6 All-Star game appearances.  Most important, Blue competed in and won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.

And there you have it.  If you asked me to do this again, I would probably rank them differently, but all of these guys had fantastic big league careers and they all deserve more credit and recognition by the sport and our hobby!!!

Thanks for reading.

Did You Know…

Tommy John won more than eighty games with three different teams.  John won 82 games for the Chicago White Sox(1963-1971), 82 for the Los Angeles Dodgers(1972-1978), and 91 for the New York Yankees(1979-1982, 1986-1989).  He also won two games for Cleveland in 1964, 24 games for California(1982-1985), and two games for Oakland in 1985 to finish his career with a total of 288 wins.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – I wonder how many games John lost by 1-run.  It’s a shame that will all of that work, he fell just 12 wins shy of the magical 300 and potential Hall of Fame enshrinement…

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

1964 Topps – Card #146 – AKA – ‘The Tommy John Rookie Card’

Tommy John – John, the winningest pitcher in baseball history to not be inducted in the Hall of Fame, finished his 26-year career with 288 wins.  A 4-time All-star, and a Top 8 finisher for the Cy Young award 4 times during his career, Tommy John was a solid performer.  Yet while he enjoyed more than a quarter of a decade in the major leagues, Tommy John was often overshadowed by his contemporaries.  In his career, John started 700 games, completing 162 of them including 46 shutouts.

Bob Chance – A 6-year veteran, Chance played for three teams during his brief career.  Playing in 277 games, Chance recorded a .261 batting average.  He stats also include 195 hits, 76 runs scored, 112 RBI, and 24 round-trippers!

1984 Topps Jim Palmer Career Victory Leaders Card

 1984 Topps Jim Palmer Career Victory Leaders Card

This card is part of a series of cards that Topps added to their 1984 base set.  The set honors the active leaders in most of the prominent statistical categories for both offense and pitching.

This one specifically pays tribute to the active wins leaders entering the 1984 baseball season.

At the time, Jim Palmer had more wins than any other pitcher in the American League with 268.  Right behind him was Don Sutton with 266, and in third place was Tommy John with 248.

Palmert 84T

And here is a quick look at how these three guys ranked once their playing days were complete:

  1. Don Sutton – 324
  2. Tommy John – 288
  3. Jim Palmer – 268

The tides turned a bit, huh??  Maybe Topps had ‘The Jinx’ before they turned it over to Sports Illustrated and Madden!!!

1983 Topps Super Veteran Set Update

30 down and just 5 to go. 

This set has been a blast to collect and I have learned quite a bit about these guys as I have shown them off to you.  I am eager to obtain the last 5 cards of this set so I can mark off another piece to my collection as being complete.  And I am sure that I will learn more about Tug McGraw, Nolan Ryan, Tony Perez, Kent Tekulve, and Sparky Lyle in the process.

Stay tuned – the final 5 cards should be all mine in the coming weeks!!!





Update: The 1983 Topps Super Veteran Set

Just a quick update on this set.  Of the 35 cards in the set I have secured 14.  That’s not too bad since I haven’t been aggressively going after these cards either.  I’m hoping to spend a little more time focusing on this set in the coming weeks as I shift away from buying cards for autographs and focus a little more attention on my player and subset collections.

Here are the cards as they appear today.  Hopefully more will be added to this display shortly.



1983 Topps Super Veteran – Tommy John

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Tommy John

What is Tommy John most famous for?  His incredible 26-season pitching career or for having a surgery named after him???  Sadly, the answer is #2.

An odd Tommy John fact – John played in 3 World Series match-ups, losing all 3 times.  In 1977 and 1978 he played as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they were beaten both times by the New York Yankess.  John then made it to the World Series in 1981 as a member of those Yankees and lost to…  the Los Angeles Dodgers.