Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#462 - Gary Lavelle

What a card: This is Gary Lavelle's final card a San Francisco Giant. After 11 years of San Francisco failing to make the playoffs, he was dealt to Toronto in January of 1985 and in the postseason 10 months later.

My observation on the front: I miss high leg kicks.

More opinion from me: I was watching video of the All-Star Game from 1977 when all of sudden there was Lavelle on the mound, wearing that radioactive pumpkin uniform top the Giants wore then. I was surprised he made an All-Star team, but it turns out he made two of them.

Something you might know: Lavelle was a durable relief pitcher for the Giants for more than a decade and set team records for appearances (73) and saves (20) in 1977.

Something you might not know: Lavelle was the unofficial leader of "The God Squad," a group of born-again Christians on the Giants that first came to public attention during the Giants' unexpected pennant bid in 1978.

My observation on the back: Lavelle's 127 career saves is fourth all-time in Giants' club history. Ahead of him are Robb Nen, Rod Beck and Brian Wilson.

The blog wants to speak now: The Music category is updated. The new No. 1 song is something about what's good for the goose being good for the gander.

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