Saturday, May 13, 2017

EXPANSION RE-DONE: 1977 BILL SINGER

Here’s a re-done card of former pitcher Bill Singer, who played the last 13 games of his 14-year Major League career as a Toronto Blue Jay in their inaugural season:


Nice in-game shot of the righty during the 1977 season.
Over those 13 games, he started 12 and finished with a 2-8 record along with a 6.79 earned run average.
It was a quick decline for a guy who was a two-time 20-game winner, once with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the other with the California Angels, along with three 200+ strikeout seasons, with a high of 247 in 1969 while still in L.A.
His MLB career would end with a record of 118-127, along with a nice 3.39 E.R.A. And 1515 K’s in 322 appearances and 2175 innings pitched.

3 comments:

  1. If I recall correctly, the Yankees wanted to do a deal with the Jays just before the season started in '77. They wanted the veteran Singer and were prepared to offer a promising young started in a straight-up, one-for-one deal. Some in the Jay's front office wanted to jump at it, but someone overruled them - they couldn't trade the face that was on the cover of their first scorebook before the season even started. So they said no. The young Yankee hurler? Ron Guidry. Can we think, for a moment, how the next few seasons in the AL East might have been different had the deal gone through. As a Red Sox fan, I know we would have won the East in 1978, that's for sure.

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    1. Great shot of Singer in a Jays uniform! It would have been a bad deal for both the Yanks and Guidry, who surely would have been knocked around pitching for a 7th place team. Singer had reoccurring arm issues that often kept him out action, which likely did him in during the '77 season.

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  2. Judging by the White Sox player leading off of first and the fans bundled up in the stadium, that shot is most likely from the Blue Jays first ever game, 4/7/77.

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