Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1974 Topps - Toby Harrah.

By the time 1974 rolled around Toby Harrah, shown here on card number 511, was a fan favorite in Texas. He lived only a short drive from the stadium and often arrived for games on a motorcycle. Kind of fits with the sideburns he's sporting on this card.

The season started off great for Harrah. During Spring Training his wife gave birth to a boy - Toby. Dad would respond with a great season, especially at the plate. He would also play in every game that season for Texas.

With the bat Toby would post a .260 average and a .319 on-base percentage in 639 plate appearances. He would also raise his slugging percentage from .364 in 1973 to .417 in 1974. Suddenly he had power to the tune of 23 doubles and 21 home runs - both career highs to that point. He also knocked in 74 RBI.

Toby Harrah was a fan favorite before the 1974 season. During the season he became a fan favorite with power in his bat. This was definitely something the team would look to build on in the future.

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