Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Monday, October 19, 2009

1973 Topps Giants - Part 4 (pitchers)

  • Ron Bryant (# 298) had his best season in 1973. He was 24-12 with a 3.53 ERA in 39 starts and finished 3rd in NL Cy Young balloting. He had a serious back injury due to an alcohol-related diving board accident in the spring of 1974 and his career never recovered. He was 3-15 in 1974 and asked to be put on the voluntary retired list in April of 1975. He tried a comeback later in 1975 with the St. Louis Cardinals, but was ineffective in 10 games. After going 2-7 with a 7.99 ERA for four minor league teams in 1976 he hung 'em up for good.

Jerry Johnson (# 248) didn't pitch for the Giants in 1973. He was waived by the Giants on March 6, 1973 and was selected by the Cleveland Indians. Jerry pitched in the majors through the 1977 season.

Steve Stone (# 167) didn't pitch for the Giants in 1973. He and Ken Henderson were traded to the Chicago White Sox before the season for Tom Bradley. Steve went on to have some success with the White Sox and with the Baltimore Orioles, where he won a Cy Young award in 1980.

Jim Willoughby (# 79) was 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 39 games (12 starts) in 1973. He went on to pitch one more season with the Giants, then he pitched for the Boston Red Sox for three years before finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox in 1978.

Randy Moffitt (# 43) was 4-4 with 14 saves and an ERA of 2.42 in 60 appearances. He was a reliever for the Giants from 1972-1981 and made only one start during that time. Randy was released by the Giants after the strike in 1981 and finished his career with Houston (1982) and Toronto (1983).

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