Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Monday, December 7, 2009

1976 Topps Giants - Part 5 (more pitchers)

Gary Lavelle was a big part of the Giants' bullpen for many years in the 70s and 80s. In 1976 Gary was 10-6 with 12 saves and a 2.69 ERA in 65 games.

Dave Heaverlo was 4-4 with one save and a 4.44 ERA in 61 games in 1976.

Charlie Williams was 2-0 with a save and an ERA of 2.96 in 48 games (2 starts). The Giants acquired Charlie from the New York Mets in exchange for Willie Mays in 1972.

Randy Moffitt was the main right-handed reliever in 1976. He was 6-6 with 14 saves and a 2.27 ERA in 58 appearances.

Tom Bradley didn't pitch for the Giants in 1976. He was waived by the Giants during spring training in 1976 and selected by the Oakland A's. He spent 1976 with AAA Tucson but never made it back to the majors. Tom pitched his last major league game in September 1975.

Rob Dressler (#599) had the shortest career out of the four pitchers on this card. He made his debut in late 1975. In 1976 he was 3-10 with a 4.43 ERA in 25 games (19 starts). He was 5-1 with a 1.12 ERA in six starts for AAA Phoenix. Rob spent the 1977 season with Phoenix and also spent time in the minors in 1978 and 1979 after being traded from the Giants. Rob finished his career with the Seattle Mariners in 1980.
Pitchers who didn't receive a 1976 Topps Giants card:
Greg Minton (0-3, 4.91 ERA in 10 games - 2 starts)
Bob Knepper (1-4, 3.24 ERA in 4 starts)
Frank Riccelli (1-1, 5.62 ERA in 4 games - 3 starts)
Tommy Toms (0-1, 1 save, 6.23 ERA in 7 games)

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