May 08, 2012

1976 Topps Traded: The Missing Cards - #25T Mike Torrez

While Torrez will forever be remembered by Red Sox fans as the guy who gave up Bucky Dent's home run in the one-game play-off in 1978, he really should be remembered as a 20-game winner and sturdy, top-of-the-rotation-type pitcher. With 185 career wins to his credit, not including a pair of victories in the 1977 World Series, the Bear was great. As a sidebar, it's crazy to think about the talent that changed teams in the Reggie Jackson trade to Baltimore: Reggie and Ken Holtzman to the O's and Baylor, Torrez, and Paul Mitchell to the A's. And none of these players ended the 1977 season on either of these teams! Amazing!

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