Pete LaCock, 1977 Topps

Name: Pete LaCock
Team: Chicago Cubs
Positions: First base, outfield
Value of card: Priceless
Key 1976 stat: Signed name "Peter LaCock," because it wasn't funny enough to begin with
You know what's coming: Pete LaCock had a hard time when he first broke into the big leagues. All too often, he couldn't perform at the plate, and his fielding usually came up short. His throwing arm was limp, and he couldn't get his head in the game. His rigid baserunning style left him with a throbbing injury after he tried to slide into home. He considered quitting and just taking his balls home. But with some poking and prodding by his manager, LaCock began to erect a solid baseball career. Those balls he had been swinging over started squirting through the hole and shooting into the gap. In the end, while LaCock was never a stud, he did wind up with a long, satisfying baseball career.

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