Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Card of the Day: 3/2/16

1981 Topps #244 Tito Landrum RC

     Terry Lee Landrum was born in Joplin, Missouri on October 25, 1954. The Cardinals signed him as a non-drafted free agent on October 10, 1972. Tito played for the Cardinals from 1980-1982 and for part of the 1983 season before St. Louis sent him to Baltimore in exchange for Floyd Rayford. Landrum posted a .310 batting average for the Orioles during that season. It seemed that Tito was beginning to live up to his potential. The Cardinals reacquired Tito when they sent Jose Brito to Baltimore on March 25, 1984. 
     The Cardinals made Landrum an everyday outfielder during the 1984 season without much success. He batted .272 and didn't provide much run production or scoring. In the following seasons, the Cardinals scaled back Tito's playing time and released him on July 4, 1987. As it turns out, Landrum's success in Baltimore during the 1983 season was an anomaly. He never posted above a .280 batting average in any other season. However, he was a member of the 1985 NL Champions and 1982 World Series Champions; although he wasn't on the Cardinals post-season roster in 1982.
     In 1985, Tito was a key player in getting the Cardinals to the World Series by batting .429, driving in four runs and scoring two runs. In the World series, he posted a .360 batting average, drove in a run and scored three runs, but the Cardinals lost the series in seven games.

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