Thursday, November 7, 2013

TTM Goodness - Four from the '80s

TTM's are a bit backed up. These came in way back in May and June. Enjoy.

Tom Lawless got his start with Cincy in 1982, playing in 92 games over two seasons. He was then traded to Montreal for Pete Rose. While only hitting 2 lifetime home runs in the regular season, he added one more as the game winner in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series for St. Louis. Signed is a 1983 Topps #423.

Sal Butera played in the majors for 5 teams over 9 years, including 61 games for the Reds in 1986 and 1987. While mostly a catcher, he found himself on the mound twice in his career and pitched two perfect innings. Signed is a 1987 Topps #358.

Bill Landrum started his career with the Reds in 1986 and finished it with the Reds in 1993, with stops in Chicago, Montreal, and Pittsburgh in between. He had an even 100 innings pitched in 72 games for the Redlegs. His father, Joe, also pitched in the majors. Signed is a 1988 Fleer #238.

Vern Rapp spent his entire 16 year playing career in the minors, mostly under St. Louis. He spent parts of four seasons as a player/manager, including a single at-bat for the Denver Bears in 1976 at age 48 (he singled). He managed the Cardinals for two full seasons, then came out of retirement in 1984 to manage the Reds before being let go with a record of 51-70. Signed is a 1984 Topps Traded #95T.

Go Reds.

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