Saturday, March 14, 2015

1978 Topps Steve Garvey All Star MVP

Going Horizontal



The 1978 All Star Game was played in San Diego, but it may as well been a home game for the Dodgers. The home team manager, Tommy Lasorda had 2 Dodgers in the starting lineup (Steve Garvey and Rick Monday), 3 more on the bench (Reggie Smith, Ron Cey and Davey Lopes), and another in the bullpen (Tommy John). 

After ceding a 3 run lead to the American League, the N.L. tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd on a 2 run single by Garvey. The game remained tied at 3 until the bottom of the 8th when Garvey tripled then scored the winning run on a wild pitch to Dave Concepcion. (Coincidentally, that is Concepcion racing back to first in the card above). The Nationals would score 3 more runs for a final score of 7-3. Garvey was named the All Star Game M.V.P. This was Garvey's second All Star MVP. He also won the award in 1974. It was also the second year in a row the award was won by a Dodger. The 1977 winner was Don Sutton.

2 comments:

  1. You should have put Sutton here with this pattern. This was the 1978 set, highlighting the 1977 season when Garvey "swung for the fences". Unless you want this to come out with the "traded" series. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  2. I never really intended this to be part of any series. My main focus was creating horizontal cards in Topps sets that didn't have them. I just decided to go with that season's All Star Game MVP. Which they started awarding in 1962. So yeah, if Topps had decided to make these cards they would have come out a year later.

    ReplyDelete