Monday, February 15, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1977 GENE LOCKLEAR

Here’s a “missing” 1977 Topps card for former outfielder Gene Locklear, who split the 1976 season between the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees.:


Locklear played in a combined 56 games during the ‘76 season, batting .222 with 22 hits in 99 official at-bats.
He scraped together a five-year career in the Majors, though his final season was a single game in the Bronx, which actually saw him go 3 for 5 with two runs batted in and a run scored.
Not a bad way to go out!
All told he batted  a respectable .274 with 163 hits over 595 at-bats, with 76 runs scored and 66 RBI’s.
Those are pretty solid numbers over a 162-game schedule, though for Locklear this represented his 292 games in the Big Leagues.
Nevertheless seems he was a pretty good hitter during his time up playing with the Cincinnati Reds, Padres and Yanks.

5 comments:

  1. Part of the trade for Freddie Norman. He is also of Native American heritage.

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  2. This card belongs with the 1977 Burger King Yankees set too.

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  3. After leaving baseball, Locklear became a commercial artist. In fact, one of his paintings hangs (or hung) in the White House -- or so I was told.

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  4. Yes Tony! I thought the same thing. The 1977 Burger King Yankees set including the elusive Jimmy Wynn!!!

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  5. The pose of the Wynn card is nearly the same location as this card too. But without the neon green grass on the BK card.

    1977 BK Yanks has the "true" Reggie card for that year and the late added Lou Piniella card too.

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