Sunday, May 30, 2010

Play at the Plate 19: Willie Randolph vs. Carlton Fisk

1977 Topps Carlton Fisk

July 24, 1976 Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

It's the bottom of the second inning and the Sox and Yanks are tied 0-0. Rick Jones is on the hill and Thurman Munson leads off with a double. Chris Chambliss follows up with a walk. Craig..I mean Graig Nettles flies out to left. Jones gets Juan Bernhardt to strike out. Willie Randolph reaches on an E5 to load the bases. Fred Stanley singles, scoring Munson and Chambliss and leaving Randolph at third. Mickey Rivers lays down a bunt and this is what happens next:

Randolph is SAFE! The Yanks finish the inning with 3 runs and go on to win 4-1.

NOTE: The above scenario was the only one I could find from a 1976 game that fit the picture. However, as the Night Owl pointed out recently, sometimes the photo used could be years older than the card.


  1. Nice bit of detective work there. I would agree that the picture has to be from 1976. Remember, the Yankees spent '74 and '75 at Shea while Yankee Stadium was renovated. The dugout in the background looks like renovated Yankee Stadium, not Shea. The roof on the Shea dugouts is higher (see Topps '77 Dave Kingman #500)