You know, until recently I never realized that former pitcher John D’Acquisto was “missing” from the 1978 Topps set. Just one of those players from my childhood that seemed to be in all the late-70’s sets.
Anyway, though it was a lot harder to find than I thought it would be, I did find one suitable image to use to whip one up:
The San Diego, CA native found himself pitching for the Padres after
being traded there by the St. Louis Cardinals in May of 1977.
Splitting his season between the Cardinals and Padres, D’Acquisto posted
a 1-2 record along with a 6.54 earned run average over 20 appearances
and 52.1 innings pitched.
He’d have a nice 1978 season mainly out of the bullpen, going 4-3 with a
2.13 E.R.A., 10 saves and 104 strikeouts in only 93 innings.
He would go on to pitch another four seasons in the big leagues, taking
the mound for not only the Padres, but the Expos, Angels and A’s, for
whom he would make his final 11 appearances in 1982.
Over his 10-year career D’Acquisto would finish 34-51, with a 4.56
E.R.A., 600 strikeouts and 15 saves over 266 games and 779.2 innings