1979 Star Pitchers
Some of the top baseball pitchers played in this time. Many were just getting started as professional baseball players and many had long major league careers. A top pitcher must have a winning attitude and the ability to threw strikes when needed.
Here’s a few Winning Pitchers – Words from backs of 1979 TOPPS BASEBALL CARDS
John Denny, St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher RH. John Denny Card 59, was selected by St. Louis in June of 1970 at age 18. Pitched a 8-1, no-hit Victory for Arkansas against Midland, May 17, 1973. Led National League with 2.52 Earned Run Average for Cardinals in 1976. Attended Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona & Southern Illinois University. His rookie major league season was 1975 and he posted a 10-7 record. Had 14-11 record with 2.96 ERA in 1978.
Randy Moffitt, San Francisco Giants Relief Pitcher RH. Randy Moffitt TOPPS BASEBALL CARD 62, was the SF Giants first pick in the January 1970 draft. Brother of tennis star Mrs, Billie Jean Moffitt King. Was 2nd in Saves in NL with 15 in 1974, ranked 6th in the league with 14 in 1974.
Al Hrabosky St. Louis Cardinals Relief Pitcher LH. Nicked Named The Mad Hungarian. TOPPS CARD 45. The Cardinals first selection in the 1969 draft. Broke into the majors with Cards in 1970, first full season was 1973 when he appeared in 44 games and had a 2.09 ERA. Tied for the National League in Saves with 22 at St. Louis in 1975. Was named N.L. Fireman of the Year for 1973 season. Born in Oakland, CA.
Larry Gura Kansas City Royals 1976-1978 Starting Pitcher LH. Larry Gura was selected by Cubs in June 1969 draft. TOPPS CARD 19 Received reported $50,000 to sign with Cubs in 1969 at age 21. Born in Joliet, Illinois. Traded to Yankees in 1974, then to KC Royals in 1976 (and became one of the American League’s winningest pitchers). Larry Gura had a 16-4 record with a 2.72 ERA in 222 innings in 1978.
Terry Forster, Chicago White Sox Relief Pitcher LH. Card 23. Selected second by White Sox in 1970 and joined team next year at age 18 and appeared in 45 relief appearances, striking out 48. Note: Terry Forster threw one of the top fastballs of all-time. In 1972 he notched 104 Ks in 100 innings, more than one per inning). Traded by White Sox to Pirates with Rich Goose Gossage for Richie Zisk and Silvio Martinez on 12.10.1976. Granted free agency and signed with Dodgers 11.22.1977. For LA Dodgers in 1978 Terry Forster pitched in 41 games had a 5-4 record with 22 saves, 46 Ks in 65 innings.
Vida Blue, Oakland Athletics Starting Pitcher LH. TOPPS Card 110. At age 18 Vida Blue was selected second by the Oakland A’s in the June 1967 draft. His first full season was 1971 and he rang up a sterling 24-8 record with a miserly 1.82 ERA in 312 innings. Vida Blue helped Oakland win 3 straight World Championships, 1972 thru 1974. From 1972-1976 with A’s he posted records of 6-10, 20-9, 17-15, 22-11 and 18-13. Was credited with Victory in 1971 All-Star Game. Won Game for A’s in 1974 A.L. Championship Series vs Orioles.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers Reliever and Starter RH. TOPPS Card 108. Signed with Brewers as a free agent in 1971. Graduated from Luccheti High School in Puerto Rico, 1970. Played baseball and volleyball and participated in track, Had a 12-8 minor league mark with 9 Wins and 2.12 ERA as rookie in Danville, 1972. Note by baseball historian: Eduardo Rodriguez debuted in majors in 1973 with Milw Brewers and started 6 games, plus pitched in 24 relief games and posted a 9-7 record plus 5 saves. Pitched with Brewers thru 1978 then signed with KC Royals for last major league year, 1979.
Major League Baseball Players TOPPS CARDS 1979