Sunday, July 19, 2015

TRADED: 1977 RICHIE ZISK

Here's a "traded" card for former slugger Richie Zisk, who was traded from the Pirates to the White Sox during the 1976-1977 off-season.
Check it out:


Zisk arguably had his best Major League season in 1977, slamming 30 home runs along with a .290 batting average, with 101 runs batted in and 78 runs scored, giving him a starting all-star berth and some MVP consideration.
That 1977 White Sox team was a good one, based in large part to the fire power they had in their line-up, as they finished 90-72 for the season.
Besides Zisk and his 30 homers, they also got strong contributions from Oscar Gamble (31 homers), Eric Soderholm (25 homers), Chet Lemon (19 homers), Jim Spencer (18 homers), and Lamar Johnson (18 homers).
As a team the ChiSox ended up hitting 192 homers for the year, very nice muscle display!
As for Zisk, he'd end up playing for 13-years, hitting 207 home runs with 792 RBI's and 681 runs scored with a surprisingly nice .287 batting average over 1453 games and 5144 at-bats.
He started two consecutive all-star games for the American League in 1977 and 1978, and us card-nuts all know how he was "robbed" of an all-star designation on his 1978 Topps card.

4 comments:

  1. Great card Gio. Love the old Sox beer league softball unis.

    Check out this video of the 1977 All-Star game. Zisk made the team that year. I love the way PA Announcer Bob Sheppard announces the players. He waits for the echo. No walk up music, no videos, just their name. Pretty awesome collection of stars too. Good stuff.

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  2. I think a redo of the 1978 Topps Zisk would be a good idea. The air-brushing leaves a little to be desired to begin with, but the missing all-star designation is a tragedy.

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  3. Really cool, especially considering that the only card that depicts Richie Zisk as a member of the White Sox is 1977 OPC. However, that card is actually an airbrushed photo of Zisk's 1977 Topps card which shows him on the Pirates.

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  4. Update to last post: Zisk is also depicted on the Whit Sox in the 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers set and 1977 Hostess set.

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