Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Random Phillies cards of the Week

This week we spin the wheel and get three pitchers and a utility infielder.

1979 Topps #493 Larry ChristensonLarry spent his entire 11-year career with the Phillies and had a respectable 83-71 career record. I remember his as being very popular with the fans. But by 1979, his best years were behind him. He was 5-10 in 1979 and plagued by injuries, including a broken collarbone in June during a charity bike race. He'll play until 1983 but never really be effective again.

1981 Topps #644 Ramon AvilesRamon was a utility infielder for the Phillies in 1980 and 1981. He appeared in a grand total of 89 games. Despite that, my wife managed to get her baseball glove autographed by Aviles before a game, probably in 1981. She was at the game with her follow employees in her employer's field box seats. Everyone thought he was Manny Trillo until they saw the autograph.

1994 Topps #199 Danny JacksonDanny Jackson was 26-17 in his two years with the Phillies, including the World Series year of 1993. He parlayed that into a big free agent signing after the 1994 season. He got a 3-year deal from the Cardinals worth $10.8 million, an enormous contract for the time. Due to injuries, his record was a dismal 6 and 24 in those 3 years.

2004 Bowman #26 Kevin MillwoodIn 2004, Millwood was in the last year of a 2-year contract with $20.9 million. His record with the Phillies was 23-18. Prior to coming to the Phillies he'd been a successful pitcher for the Braves, and would continue to be a successful pitcher after leaving the Phillies, at least up until last year. He is currently a free agent after a 4-16 season with the Orioles. My impression is that he was not very popular while he was in Philadelphia.

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