Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21

1977 Jewel Tea #7 - Chris Knapp

On this day in 1976, Chris Knapp won his first MLB game.

Chris made his debut on September 4, 1975. He only appeared in two games, finishing both, walking four and striking out three. He got another shot in 1976 and made a better impression. He darted between fill-in starter and reliever for most of the time he was up with the parent club. Knapp had gotten his first loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on July 4, 1976, in a tough 3-2 loss, where he went eight innings. His next chance to start came in the first game on a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on July 21, 1976. Chris threw a complete game against the Motor City Kitties and won 4-1, giving up only four hits. It would be the first win in a sweep of the Tigers that day.

Knapp's second win came on September 8, 1976, when Goose Gossage got rocked by the Oakland Athletics and was taken out after retiring only one batter. Chris relieved Goose for eight and two-thirds innings to finish out the nine inning game. From that point, Knapp was a starter for the White Sox. In 1977, he went 12-7 as the offense helped the Sox win ninety games. After the 1977 season, Chris was traded to the California Angels with Brian Downing and Dave Frost for Bobby Bonds, Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson.

6 comments:

Kyle4KC said...

Ready? Okay...

If this card is for tea, shouldn't his last name be...

Sknapple?

wow, i need to get a life.

White Sox Cards said...

It brought a smile to my face. :-)

Dick Allen Hall of Fame said...

Chris Knapp is from my hometown (St. Joseph, Michigan). I played many years of youth baseball with his brother.

White Sox Cards said...

Great connection!

derek jeter autograph said...

I envy you cause you had Chris Knapp picture autographed. I hope I done that too long time ago.

White Sox Cards said...

Pre-printed autographs are part of the design on the 1977 Jewel Tea set.

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