Signature Sundays posts were a staple of this blog over the last few years, but in looking back I haven't done one in over two months. Between the holidays and being constantly behind in trade posts I guess they've just fallen off the radar. Let's get back on track with a nice autograph from the inaugural Topps Archives release:
It was with New York that Lyle really made his mark, becoming one of the most reliable relief pitchers in all of baseball during the 1970s. Sparky was the most important bullpen pitcher for the Yankees teams that won three straight pennants (and back-to-back World Series titles) in the latter half of the decade. In 1977 he was so good that he won the Cy Young Award, becoming the first AL relief pitcher to do so.
As the years, and more importantly the innings count, began to take their toll on Lyle's arm, the Yankees brought in Goose Gossage as the new bullpen ace and Sparky found himself dealt to the Texas Rangers. He clung on for a couple more seasons with Texas, Philadelphia, and even a few games for the White Sox at the very end of his career.
Surprise #2 finally revealed - I am* finally* ready to reveal the second surprise I had up my sleeve for the Cardboard History Gallery. I didn't expect it to take as long as it did, but ...