Wednesday, November 5, 2014

TRADED: 1978 GAYLORD PERRY

Here's a "traded" card I designed for the eventual 1978 Cy Young Award winner, Gaylord Perry, shown with the proper team he played for that year, the San Diego Padres.
Take a look:


Perry was coming off of some decent years for the Rangers before he was traded to the Padres in January of 1978.
He posted two consecutive years of 15 wins, and at the age of 38, you couldn't ask for much more than that in 1978.
But he far surpassed everyone's expectations and put in one of his best years as a big league pitcher, going 21-6 with a 2.75 earned run average, a couple of shutouts and 154 strikeouts.
Those numbers would eventually make Perry the first pitcher ever to win the Cy in both leagues, as he was the American League's winner six years earlier in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians.
Because of the January trade, Topps still had him as a Texas Ranger when the (awesome) 1978 set came out.
The 1978 season would NOT be Perry's last "big" hurrah, as he'd stick around until 1983, winning his 300th game and overtaking Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list along the way, finishing up with 314 lifetime wins and 3534 strikeouts over 777 games, with 690 of them starts.
He also tallied 53 career shutouts, 303 complete games, and a 3.11 E.R.A.
All of that got him inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, getting named on 342 of 443 ballots.

2 comments:

  1. Nice card. In today's age of one inning specialists is hard to believe guys used to throw that many innings and complete games. The guy was a work horse.

    And I always loved the Padres McDonalds brown and gold uniforms of the late 70's.

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