Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Saturday, March 6, 2010

1989 Topps Giants - Part 5 (more pitchers)

Isn't that a great pose? Mike LaCoss (#417) was a swingman for the Giants in 1989. He was 10-10 with a 3.17 ERA and had six saves. Mike pitched in a total of 45 games, 18 of them starts.
Kelly Downs (#361) was 4-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 18 games (15 starts). He was injured and didn't pitch between May 1 and August 13.
Craig Lefferts (#372) was the main reliever for the Giants in 1989. He was 2-4 with 20 saves and an ERA of 2.69 in 70 starts. It was cool to see him sprint in from the bullpen when coming into a game.
Don Robinson (#473) was 12-11 and had a 3.43 ERA in 32 starts.
Atlee Hammaker (#572) was 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 games (9 starts). He was out for a month from mid-June to mid-July and missed time from early August until the last week of the season.
Dave Dravecky (#601) was 2-0 in two starts in 1989. He broke his arm in his second start back after having a cancerous tumor removed from his pitching arm. Dave was out for the season and then his arm was broken again during the celebration when the Giants won the NL pennant. His arm was examined and another tumor was found in his arm. Dave's career was over and his arm eventually had to be amputated.
Scott Garrelts (#703) was 14-5 with a NL-leading 2.28 ERA in 29 starts.
Randy Bockus (#733) didn't pitch for the Giants in 1989. He became a free agent after the 1988 season and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Randy appeared in two games for the Tigers in 1989 and that was it for his major league career.

Others who pitched for the Giants but didn't receive a 1989 Topps Giants card:

Goose Gossage (2-1, 4 saves, 2.68 ERA in 31 games)
Bob Knepper (3-2, 3.46 ERA in 13 games-6 starts)
Randy McCament (1-1, 3.93 ERA in 25 games)
Ernie Camacho (3-0, 2.76 ERA in 13 games)
Dennis Cook (1-0, 1.80 ERA in 2 starts)
Russ Swan (0-2, 10.80 ERA in 2 starts)
Stu Tate (0-0, 3.38 ERA in 2 games)

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