Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TRADED: 1978 VIDA BLUE

Next up in the “Traded” thread is former Cy Young winner Vida Blue, with a 1978 Topps card showing him as a San Francisco Giant, after a brilliant career with the Oakland A’s:


Blue was traded in March of 1978, and immediately made an impact, starting the 1978 All-Star game for the National League on his way to an 18-win season with a 2.79 earned run average and a third-place finish in Cy Young voting.
Of course we all know he won the award back in 1971 with a monster year, going 24-8 with a 1.82 ERA and 301 strikeouts.
Over the next three seasons in Oakland he’d anchor a staff that led the A’s to three straight World Series championships, and the Vida Blue superstar was born.
By the time he retired after the 1986 season he would post a 209-161 record with a nice 3.27 ERA and 2175 strikeouts with six all-star nods.

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  2. Great card. Blue was actually traded to the Reds prior to the deal with SF. However, Bowie Kuhn negated the trade since it was a cash only deal with the A's and it would upset the balance of power since the Reds had traded for Tom Seaver in June 1977.

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