Sunday, March 22, 2015

1969 Topps NL Leading Firemen: Phil Regan, Joe Hoerner, Clay Carroll

This is an unusual leaders card in that 2 of the 3 leaders played for 2 different N.L. teams in 1968. Phil Regan was The Sporting News Fireman of the Year on the strength of his league leading 25 saves. Although he started the year on the Dodgers, all 25 saves came for the Cubs as well as 10 of his 12 victories. Regan came to the Cubs along with Jim Hickman in a trade for outfielder Ted Savage and Minor League pitcher, Jim Ellis.

Joe Hoerner and Clay Carroll were tied for second with 17 saves a piece. Hoerner posted an 8-2 record for the Cardinals. Carroll was 7-8 with one of those losses coming in a Braves uniform. He was part of a 6 player trade between the Reds & Braves that sent pitcher Milt Pappas to Atlanta.

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