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1972 Leading Firemen – 1973 Topps #68

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Clay Palmer Carroll (born May 2, 1941 Clanton, Alabama) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 15-year career from 1964 to 1978. He pitched for the Milwaukee Braves & Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, all of the National League, and the Chicago White Sox of the American League. Carroll was elected to the National League All-Star team in 1971 and 1972. He led the National League in saves in 1972 with 37, and finished tied for fifth in the Cy Young Award voting. The 37 saves stood as a National League record until Bruce Sutter broke it in 1984 with 45 saves pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. Carroll’s best seasons were with the Reds, who he pitched for from 1968 to 1975 which earned him a place in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

Albert Walter “Sparky” Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher who spent sixteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was a closer from 1969 to 1977, first for the Boston Red Sox and then the New York Yankees. A three-time All-Star, he won the American League Cy Young Award in 1977. He was most famous for co-authoring with Peter Golenbock The Bronx Zoo, a 1979 tell-all book which chronicled the dissension within the Yankees in its World Series Championship seasons of 1977 and 1978. Lyle has been a manager of the Somerset Patriots,a baseball team of the Atlantic League, since 1998. Lyle finished his 16-year career with 238 saves, a 2.88 ERA, and a record of 99-76 in 899 games pitched — all in relief. In 1985, Fingers broke his American League record for career saves; and in 1991 Righetti surpassed Lyle’s major-league record for career saves by a left-hander, though Lyle still holds the AL mark of 232.

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