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1973 Rookie Outfielder – 1973 Topps #611

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Richard Allen Coggins (born December 7, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana) was an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles (1972-1974), Montreal Expos (1975), New York Yankees (1975-1976) and Chicago White Sox (1976). Coggins helped the Orioles win the 1973 and 1974 American League Eastern Division and the Yankees win the 1976 AL Pennant. He finished sixth in voting for 1973 American League Rookie of the Year.

James Eugene Wohlford (born February 28, 1951 in Visalia, California) was a major league outfielder in baseball. In his 15-year career, he played for the Kansas City Royals (1972-76), the Milwaukee Brewers (1977-79), San Francisco Giants (1980-82), and Montreal Expos (1983-86). In the 1970s, while with the Royals, Wohlford famously said of baseball: “Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.” In an interview with the Chicago Tribune in 2003, Wohlford confirmed that “Yep, I’m the guy who said it. I even got a $50 check from Reader’s Digest for its Notable Quotables.” The statement has been attributed to Yogi Berra, the Tribune noted. Wohlford told the Tribune that he couldn’t recall the exact details of his utterance but remembered: “We were on a charter flight back from somewhere. It was late, we were drinking a bit, and I said that. Some reporter pulled out his notebook and said, ‘What did you just say?’

Richard Walter Zisk(born February 6, 1949) is a retired Major League Baseball player currently in charge of pro scouting in Florida for the Chicago Cubs. In Zisk’s rookie season, 1973, he batted .324 with ten home runs. On June 9, 1974, he hit for the cycle in a 14-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. For the season, he led the Pirates with 100 runs batted in while also clubbing seventeen home runs. He made his only post-season appearances with the 1974 and 1975 Pirates. While batting an impressive .400 in the post-season, Zisk only scored one run and had no RBIs as the Pirates were swept in the 1974 and 1975 National League Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds, respectively. Following the 1976 season, the Pirates traded Zisk along with Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for Terry Forster and Rich Gossage.


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