Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1978 Topps - Tom Grieve.
Looking at card number 337 of the 1978 Topps set brings back some memories. Just over Tom Grieve's left shoulder is a sign for Brut cologne. Anybody else remember that brand? I haven't seen it since I was a kid.
Anyway, on to Tom Grieve. After failing to impress in 1976, Grieve was once again relegated to a backup role in 1977. His bat was missing in action and he was out of chances in Texas.
In December of 1977 Tom was included in a huge 4-team trade. As part of the trade, the Rangers sent Grieve to the New York Mets along with a player to be named later. Ken Henderson filled that role in March of 1978.
After the trade, Grieve spent one season in New York before being traded to the Cardinals. A partial season in St. Louis and a May 9, 1979 release ended his Major League career. The Rangers re-signed their former number one draft pick as a free agent on May 21, 1979 but Tom never again appeared in a MLB game. His playing days over, it was time for the next step in TAG's career - the front office.