Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Monday, September 6, 2010

Card Tribute: Greg Minton

  • Greg "Moon-Man" Minton had a long and successful career with the Giants as a relief pitcher. He started with the Giants in 1975 but did not stick with them for an entire season until 1979. 
  • 1975: 1-1, 6.88 ERA in four games (two starts)
  • 1976: 0-3, 4.91 ERA in ten games (two starts)
  • 1977: 1-1, 4.50 ERA in two starts
  • 1978: 0-1, 8.01 ERA in 11 games
  • 1979: 4-3, 4 saves, 1.81 ERA in 46 games
  • 1980: 4-6, 19 saves, 2.46 ERA in 68 games
  • 1981: 4-5, 21 saves, 2.88 ERA in 55 games. Hitters Don't Gopher Greg - June 8, 1981 Sports Illustrated
  • 1982: 10-4, 30 saves, 1.83 ERA in 78 games, NL All Star, 6th in NL Cy Young voting, 8th in NL MVP voting
  • 1983: 7-11, 22 saves, 3.54 ERA in 73 games
  • 1984: 4-9, 19 saves, 3.76 ERA in 74 games (1 start)
  • 1985: 5-4, 4 saves, 3.54 ERA in 68 games
  • 1986: 4-4, 5 saves, 3.93 ERA in 48 games. Gave up Pete Rose's last career hit (#4,256) on August 14.
  • 1987: 1-0, 1 save, 3.47 ERA in 15 games. Released on May 28. Greg signed with the California Angels on June 1 and pitched for them from 1987-1990.
  • Was a pitching coach and a manager in the Angels organization for a few years after his retirement.
  • Vote for your favorite Greg Minton card on the right. :)

1977 Topps #489

1978 Topps #312

1979 Topps #84

1980 Topps #588

1981 Topps #111

1982 Topps #687

1983 Topps #470

1984 Topps #205

1985 Topps #45

1986 Topps #310

1987 Topps #724.

4 comments:

Jim said...

No contest here - 1978 Topps trumps all.

smedcards said...

I've heard of airbrushing, but 1978 was ridiculous!!

BTW, a 'tribute' to a Giant is on my new blog right now.

steelehere said...

1978 easily. It's one of the greatest cards of all-time.

MattR said...

I voted for the 1986 since it shows some good Arizona spring training ballpark goodness.