Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1977 Topps - Gene Clines.

Gene Clines, shown here on card 237 of the 1977 Topps set, came to Texas in December of 1975 in exchange for Joe Lovitto. Clines definitely had Lovitto beat in the sideburns category.

Gene served as the primary left fielder for Texas in 1976. That allowed the Rangers to move Mike Hargrove to first base. Unfortunately Clines wasn't what the club was looking for on a permanent basis in left field.

On February 5, 1977 the Cubs sent former Senator Darold Knowles back to the Rangers for a player to be named later. On Feburary 15, 1977 Gene Clines found himself on the way to Chicago as that player. His short stint with Texas was over. He would last one season and a few games with the Cubs. They released him in May of 1979. He would not appear in another Major League game after that.

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