Winning pitchers, the day I was born

by switzr1 - 10 cards (Last updated on Feb. 27, 2018)

1. 1974 Topps #350 Bob Gibson

Cardinals 10, Cubs 4
WP - Bob Gibson
LP - Tom Dettore
HR - Joe Torre, Mike Tyson (STL)

2. 1974 Topps #68 Grant Jackson

Orioles 1, Brewers 0 (17 inn.)
WP - Grant Jackson
LP - Tom Murphy

Jim Palmer (12 innings) & Jim Colborn (13 innings) started. Bob Oliver drove in the walk-off winner on a bases-loaded grounder to score Bobby Grich.

3. 1974 Topps #116 Jerry Reuss

Pirates 2, Mets 1
WP - Jerry Reuss (complete game)
LP - Jon Matlack

4. 1974 O-Pee-Chee #568 Mike Torrez

Expos 2, Phillies 0
WP - Mike Torrez (complete game)
LP - Jim Lonborg

5. 1974 Topps #254 Stan Bahnsen

White Sox 3, Athletics 2
WP - Stan Bahnsen
LP - Ken Holtzman
SV - Terry Forster
HR - Angel Mangual (OAK)

6. 1974 Topps #248 Tom Hall

Reds 4, Giants 3
WP - Tom Hall
LP - Gary Lavelle
HR - Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion (CIN); Bobby Bonds (SF)

7. 1974 Topps #191 Al Fitzmorris

Royals 5, Rangers 4 (12 inn.)
WP - Al Fitzmorris (12-inning complete game)
LP - Steve Foucault

George Brett drove in Amos Otis with a walk-off single after Otis advanced from 1st to 3rd on a pickoff attempt gone bad.

8. 1974 Topps Traded #175T Reggie Cleveland

Red Sox 9, Tigers 3
WP - Reggie Cleveland (complete game)
LP - Woodie Fryman
HR - Danny Cater (BOS)

9. 1974 Topps #605 Rookie Pitchers - Vic Albury / Ken Frailing / Kevin Kobel / Frank Tanana

Angels 3, Twins 2
WP - Frank Tanana (complete game)
LP - Vic Albury

10. 1974 Dean's Photo Service San Diego Padres #24 Dan Spillner

Padres 3, Dodgers 2
WP - Dan Spillner (complete game)
LP - Jim Brewer

Spillner's first Topps card was 1975.


Feb. 27, 2018 - 9:16PM

Seven home runs.  Six complete games.  Besides Fitzmorris' CG, the other 3 starters in the extra inning games also each went 9+ innings.  Only one save recorded all day.

I think the Gibson card is the only one I own.  I came into this world the right way, with the Cardinals hammering the Cubs (Chicago won the next day).  I wonder if my Dad was listening to that game at the hospital.  He's also a Cardinals fan.  I probably had several family members listening, with some rooting for both teams.  They would have heard Lou Brock steal his 117th base of the season.

I love the 1974 Rookie Pitchers card because both pitchers from that game are pictured.

Among the pitchers with no decisions: Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, Ferguson Jenkins, and Rollie Fingers (in relief), all HOFers.

Rough day for HOFer Rod Carew.  He committed an error and got thrown out stealing.  Rookie George Brett had four hits in his game, which matched the output of the entire Phillies team.  Eventual AL MVP Jeff Burroughs had three hits, while NL MVP Steve Garvey had none.  The season ended five days later.  Ultimately, Alvin Dark's Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games for their third consecutive World Series Championship, a feat that has only been matched once since then.

Feb. 27, 2018 - 9:37PM

Kinds love this list, even though you dis the Cubs. (They deserved it in 1974.) I've got all these cards, but the Spillner. Never loved the '74 set, but I'm still glad I have it. Some pretty good pitchers that day...


Feb. 27, 2018 - 9:40PM

Yeah, I'm thankful for Dean's Photo Service!!

Feb. 27, 2018 - 9:57PM

This is a very cool concept! Well-done.

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