Tuesday, July 6, 2010

#248 - Randy Jones

Card fact: Do we have a photo at Dodger Stadium? I'm not very good at this, unless it's really obvious.

What I thought about this card then: Didn't see it. My introduction to Randy Jones was on his 1976 Topps card.

What I think about this card now: It's still odd, after all these years, to see Jones without his perm/afro.

Other stuff: Jones pitched on some lousy Padres teams, but managed back-to-back breakout seasons in which he won 20 games each season. I remember his 1976 season well when he went into the All-Star break with a 16-3 record. Jones started the All-Star Game and received the win, after saving the National League's victory the previous season.

Jones suffered a nerve injury near the end of the year and didn't enjoy another winning season the rest of his career. He was traded to the Mets in 1980 and endured two rocky years before calling it quits after 10 seasons. Jones now runs a caterng business, is the maker of his own barbecue sauce, and does radio announcing with the Padres.

Back facts: It appears Topps really doesn't want to tell you about Jones' 1974 season. Let's all talk about 1973 and hope nobody notices that 8-22 record.

Other blog stuff: This is the third straight card to feature the color tan in the border. Sadly, that streak will end at three.


Eggrocket said...


Anonymous said...

What was with the damn white dude 'fros?

Play at the Plate said...

I guess that "effectiveness" didn't carry over to his second season.

tvgator1 said...

SHEA Stadium is in the background. Topps has traditionally had a lot of photos in Shea and Yankee Stadiums in their cards. As a kid, it got to the point that I could easily identify those parks....