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.