Friday, April 3, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #26: "THE BULL" GREG LUZINSKI

Today's "Nickname of the '70s" ballplayer is former Phillies slugger Greg "The Bull" Luzinski.
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I put him on a 1977 template since he was smack in the middle of a torrid run between 1975 and 1978 that saw him post four straight top-10 MVP finishes, with two runner-up finishes in 1975 and 1977.
An all-star each of those seasons, Luzinski topped a .300 batting average three of the four seasons, as well as three 30+ homer and 100+ R.B.I. totals as well.
While the rest of his career was solid as well, it was those four years that made him a monster at the plate, complimenting Mike Schmidt in the line-up with a one-two punch that few other teams could match.
He'd finish his 15-year career as a member of the Chicago White Sox, the only other team he'd play for, in 1984, and would total 307 homers, 1128 runs batted in and a .276 average over 1821 games and 6505 at-bats.
I wish he was able to play longer, as he was only 33 when he retired. I don't remember why he left the game when he did, if it was because of injuries or what.
Watch for my 1971 "Dedicate Rookie Card" for him in the near future…

3 comments:

  1. Luzinski was an absolutely brutal fielder, he only stayed in Philly as long as he did because he had the brilliant Garry Maddox next to him. He moved to Chicago as a DH, but when his batting started to decline, he was gone. He had an 89 OPS+ his final year with a batting line of .238/.329/.364. His contract was up so the White Sox let him go.

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  2. In a previous post I mentioned him messing up a fly ball against the wall in the playoffs vs LA one year. I think it turned a Phillies lead into a Dodger win. Always thought the Phils were a better team during that period.

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  3. Cause it's a Phillies card I hate to have to say it, but this is one of the best in the series.

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