Monday, February 18, 2013

#147 - Bill Swaggerty

What a card: This is Bill Swaggerty's only Topps card. Outside of a 1986 Donruss card, all of Swaggerty's MLB cards are from 1985.

My observation on the front: If you're going to have only one Topps card, this is a pretty good one to have.

More opinion from me: There are some last names that make me envious. This is one of them. "Swaggerty" is a tremendous last name.

Something you might know: Swaggerty was called up to the majors during the Orioles' World Series championship season of 1983. He debuted with a start against the White Sox on Aug. 13 after Jim Palmer suffered an injury. Swaggerty pitched six innings of 7-hit ball, allowing two runs. The Orioles won 5-2, coming back with four runs in the final 3 innings -- after Swaggerty left the game.

Something you might not know: Swaggerty was once Cal Ripken Jr.'s roommate.

My observation on the back: Since this card was issued, two players have tied Bill Stein for the A.L. record for consecutive pinch hits. The Twins' Randy Bush in 1991 and the White Sox's Ross Gload in 2006 each recorded seven straight pinch hits.

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