Thursday, June 26, 2014

1980 Topps White Sox Future Stars: Harold Baines, Britt Burns, Richard Dotson

There were 16 different players receiving Rookie of the Year votes in 1980 and not a single one of them was included in the 1980 Topps set. So I am continuing my flood of 1980 rookie cards.

Like the Phillies, the White Sox also had 2 Rookie of the Year contenders on their roster in 1980. Also like the Phillies, neither were included in the 1980 set. Britt Burns and Richard Dotson were the only pitchers on the White Sox staff with double digit victories.  Burns' 15 wins and Dotson's 12 were good enough to earn 5th and 7th place in American League Rookie of the Year voting. I added Harold Baines to this version of the White Sox Future Stars card. The #1 pick of the 1977 draft and 1980 opening day starter for the White Sox somehow didn't find himself on a Topps card until 1981. The three players on my version would continue to play for the Sox well into the 1980's and were all key parts of the "Winning Ugly" 1983 team. 

But this is what Topps thought the "Future" held for the White Sox. Colbern was the Sox' 3rd string catcher in 1979. He spent all of 1980 in the minors never making the big leagues again. Guy Hoffman and Dewey Robinson were both local boys, Hoffman was from Ottawa, IL and played ball for Bradley University in Peoria. Robinson was from Evanston and played ball for the Salukis at Southern Illinois University. Both bounced back and forth from minors to majors the next few years. Dewey Robinson moved on to coaching and Hoffman was in the Sox, Cubs, Reds and Rangers systems before moving to Japan to play the 1989-91 seasons.

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