I guess you could call this Terrible Terrell? Minnesota native and journeyman infielder Jerry Terrell’s 1978 card has a few good qualities but you can’t escape the perils of his 51-13.
Terrell played for eight years exclusively in the AL and was known for dividing his time equally between third, short and second. He never was known as an offensive threat but in 1978 with KC, it really went south. With .203/.225/.211 numbers in 147 plate appearances, there just wasn’t anything there.
Again, with Terrell, he has a couple upsides with this card. One, he’s fast. Not only did he get a (F) rating but because of 8 stolen bases in 147 plate appearances, APBA had to squeeze in his stolen bases the best they could. They did so by giving him an 11 and a 10 plus 27 second column 11s behind one zero.
Terrell is also pretty versatile in the field by playing three high-demand positions and not sucking at them.
But Jerry “Snowflakes” Terrell pays the price for the 11 and the 10. He has hit numbers 0- 7 –8-8-9-9-10-11 before it degrades into 31-36 and a 51-13.
Interesting notes about this card
- because of Terrell’s relatively low K count, his 13s are placed at 51 and 13. As a result, he has unconventional result numbers like 35-32, 26-30, and 42-30.
- Terrell was given the error number 21at 53. The 21 is normally reserved for pitchers. However, APBA will occasionally hand them out to players who don’t have a primary position especially infielders.
- APBA played a little merry-go-round with Terrell’s numbers because of the placement of the 12 at 36. The 33 which normally goes there was moved to 63 and 31 was moved to 24. I’m pretty sure that was common for players that year.
- Finally, read this article entitled,
- if you want to find out how someone could get two standing ovations in a 12-run loss.
- Only in KC.