Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24

1980 O-Pee-Chee #142 - Ralph Garr

On this day in 1977, Ralph Garr hit a home run which turned out to be a long single.

In the third inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, Ralph hit a three-run home run off of pitcher Paul Thormodsqard. Instead of the homer, Garr passed up catcher Jim Essian on the bases and was called out. Eric Soderholm and Essian scored on the mistake. Ralph was credited with a single and an out. The Sox lost the game 7-6, dropping them out of first and vaulting the Twins to the top of the AL West division, in their place.

This card of the Roadrunner is from the Canadian version of Topps in 1980. The card is exactly the same as the Topps version except for the team affiliation. Ralph had been purchased from the White Sox by the California Angels on September 20, 1979. Only the OPC version reflects this.

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