Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Sunday, November 15, 2009

1987 Topps Giants - Part 6 (traded set)

Matt Williams (#129T) was still mainly a shortstop in 1987. He played in 70 gams at short and 17 games at 3B. Matt didn't hit a whole lot in his rookie season -- .188 with eight homers in 245 AB. He was ready to be a starter by 1989 and really started to hit well in 1990. Williams was a five-time all star and won four Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger Awards. Williams played for the Giants from 1987-1996, for the Cleveland Indians in 1997, and then retired after the 2003 season after playing his last six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chris Speier (#121T) batted .249 with 11 HR in 317 at bats as a backup infielder. He signed with the Giants as a free agent before the 1987 season. Chris finished his career with the Giants in 1989.

Kevin Mitchell (#81T) was acquired by the Giants in a big trade with the San Diego Padres on July 5, 1987. He batted .306 with 15 homers to finish the 1987 season. Mitchell was the 1989 MVP and was a two-time All Star for the Giants. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners after the 1991 season for Bill Swift, Dave Burba, and Mike Jackson (a good way to retool the pitching staff). After stints with several other teams, Mitchell finished his career with the Oakland A's in 1998.

Jim Gott (#39T) made 30 appearances for the Giants in 1987 and was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. He had been released by the Giants after the 1986 season and was resigned during spring training in '87. Jim was waived by the Giants on August 3 and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
I'm surprised Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts weren't in this traded set. I picked up most of these images from I have the set but it's in a spot that's hard to access at the moment. :)

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