Wednesday 15 February 2012

1978 Topps #553 Terry Puhl

I recently got this 1978 Terry Puhl rookie card in a trade and added it my collection of Saskatchewan major leaguers. Terry Puhl was signed as a 17 year old amateur free agent in 1973 after leading his hometown Meville teams to Provincial and National championships. Puhl played in 1,531 games over 15 seasons in the majors, 14 of them with the Astros. He retired after the 1991 season and is the most recent Saskatchewan born player appear in the major leagues. When he retired he was the Canadian all-time leader in games played and stolen bases, but has since been passed in games by Larry Walker and Matt Stairs, and in steals by Walker. He was named to his only All-Star team in his second season, 1978, not playing in the game, but becoming the first and only Saskatchewan born player to make the All-Star team. His career .994 fielding percentage as a right fielder is still the MLB record. He is a member of the Saskatchewan, Canadian and Texas Baseball Halls of Fame, and received one vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

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