The set is imperfect in commemorating that World Championship team, mainly because 1980 cards reflect the reality of 1979, and the 1979 Phillies had some differences. Some players are left out -- if you had a similar set in 1981, you would want to feature Bob Walk, for example, who was a reliable starter for the Phils as a rookie in 1980.
|1980 Burger King Phillies checklist card, and Dallas Green and Bob Boone.|
|34 unopened packs of 1980 Burger King Phillies.|
I won't comment on all of the players, but I am showing them all.
Dallas Green managed a few other teams over the years, but never had the same success as with the Phillies. I like to point out MLB figures who are Delawareans, and Dallas Green is one. His time with the Phillies got him the much-coveted honor of being in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.
|Keith Moreland, Pete Rose, Manny Trillo, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, and John Vukovich.|
Manny Trillo was a great second baseman. He was only with the Phillies from 1979 through 1982, but in those years he won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. He was the NLCS MVP in 1980.
What is there to say about Mike Schmidt? He's the greatest. I sent one of my spare Schmidt cards from this set to PSA for grading.
As far as I can tell, John Vukovich isn't related to former Phillie George Vukovich, or to the pitcher Pete Vukovich. I always assumed they were brothers or something, but I guess not. John Vukovich became a coach, interim manager, and front-office executive for the Phillies later. He was a fixture with the team until his death from brain cancer.
|Bake McBride, Garry Maddox, Greg Luzinski, Greg Gross, Del Unser, and Lonnie Smith.|
I don't like to miss an opportunity to repeat Harry Kalas' line about Garry Maddox, "Two thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other one third is covered by Garry Maddox." Secretary of Defense, indeed. The Phillies were lucky to have him.
Greg Gross and Del Unser both seemed to specialize in pinch hitting. Unser tied the record for pinch home runs in consecutive at-bats with 3 in 1979. Gross is fifth on the all-time pinch hits list, with 143.
|Steve Carlton, Larry Christenson, and Nino Espinosa.|
Even though the Phillies won the 1980 World Series and the NL East in 1976, 1977, and 1978, they really had an off year in 1979. The team finished 4th with a 84-78 record. Carlton, naturally, was the ace, and had an 18-10 record. Espinosa was 14-12, Lerch was 10-13, Ruthven was 7-5, and Christenson was 5-10. Not included in the set is Dickie Noles, who had 14 starts with a 3-4 record.
|Randy Lerch, Dick Ruthven, and Tug McGraw.|
|Ron Reed and Kevin Saucier.|