Friday, November 6, 2015
#471 - Pete Ladd
What a card: Pete Ladd stepped into a set-up role in 1984 as Rollie Fingers returned from injury and reassumed the Brewers' closer role. Ladd's performance suffered as he posted a 5.24 ERA.
My observation on the front: Ladd looks gigantic in this photo, especially since there appears to be no one fielding behind him.
More opinion from me: In the '80s there seemed to be an explosion of imposing relief pitchers; almost every team featured one. I call it the "Goose Gossage effect."
Something you might know: After Fingers tore a muscle in his arm late in the 1982 season, Ladd assumed the closer's role and became a sensation during the Brewers' run to the World Series that season. Ladd then led Milwaukee in saves in 1983.
Something you might not know: When Ladd played for the Mariners in 1986, he was one of three members of the pitching staff from Portland, Maine. Ladd and Bill Swift were born in Portland, and Jim Beattie was raised in Portland.
My observation on the back: When Ladd pitched in the World Series in 1982, the inmates at Cumberland County Jail watched him on TV.
The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.