Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: GREG LUZINSKI

NO BULL: LUZINSKI COULD HIT.


WEIGHT: 225? NO WAY.


THE CARD

  • Pretty sweet, this faux 1978. Always liked that All-Star shield, and the overall card design is one of Topps' most underrated.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Neat and wispy, which surprises coming from the beast of a man known as "The Bull,'' who you'd figure would have a messy, illegible sig.

THE PLAYER

  • During his prime, 6-1, 255-pound Greg Luzinski was a rare slugger who could hit for average. From '73-'78, he averaged 28 homers, 98 RBI and batted .291. He was an All-Star in four of those six seasons.
  • Although the Phillies were perennial NL bridesmaids from '76-'78, Luzinski hit safely in each of the 11 NLCS games they played in during that span.
  • Had two game-winning hits in the '80 NLCS, when the Phils advanced to the World Series.
  • Joined his hometown Chicago White Sox in '81 and became one of the AL's best designated hitters, a role he was perfect for, considering his poor outfield skills. He averaged 21 homers during his four seasons on the South Side, including a then DH-record 32 in '83.
  • Luzinski banged three homers off the roof of old Comiskey Park.


THE HEART OF THE PHILLIES' ORDER.


NL MVP RUNNER-UP IN '75 (MORGAN) AND '77 (FOSTER).

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