Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Willie Norwood

Sent: 6/20/11
Received: 6/28/11
Time: 8 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1979 Topps, 1980 Topps, 1981 Donruss
Item Received: 1979 Topps, 1980 Topps, 1981 Donruss.  All signed in blue ballpoint.

I don't know exactly why I have such a fascination with the late '70s Twins outfield of Willie Norwood, Bombo Rivera, Dan Ford, and Hosken Powell.  They replaced departed stars Larry Hisle and Lyman Bostock.  They each possessed quite a bit of talent.  And they all ended up with basically the same, kind-of-mediocre big league careers.  Norwood was one of the most intriguing of the bunch.  His only year as a regular was 1978.  He appeared in 125 games (most of them in left field), hit .255, homered eight times, and stole 25 bases (two behind team leader Rod Carew).  However, he also committed an astonishing 14 errors - more than any other outfielder in baseball.  I suspect that, more than anything, led to his part-time role in 1979 and eventual minor league demotion in 1980. 

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