Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1980 Topps Steve Howe

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.

Steve Howe's story is a tragic one. He had 7 wins and 17 saves as the Dodgers' closer in 1980 and won the National League Rookie of the Year award. In 1981 he had a win and a save in the World Series to beat the Yankees in 6 games. His addiction to drugs and alcohol marred his career. He served 7 substance-related suspensions including the entire 1984 season and a "lifetime" ban in 1992. He successfully appealed that suspension and continued playing through 1996. Although he showed moments of greatness, he never really lived up to his potential. He died at 48 year old when he rolled his pick up truck. Toxicology reports found meth in his system.

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