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dave righetti, 1983 topps #176, yankees

Player: Righetti, Dave

Card: 1983 Topps #176

Position: LHP

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"In truth, young David could never get enough of the Yankees. Hungry for more, he would dig through the closet for his father's scrapbooks and pore over the tattered, yellowed newspaper clippings. There was much to be found in these archives: Yankee tradition runs deep in the Righetti family. David's paternal grandmother, Stella, now 92, grew up in San Francisco as a schoolmate and next-door neighbor of Tony Lazzeri, the great Yankee second baseman of the late 1920s and '30s" (Sports Illustrated, April 16, 1990)

Born in San Jose, CA, Dave Righetti was a left-handed pitcher from 1979 through 1995 for the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago White Sox. He served as the pitching coach for the Giants from 2000 through 2017. His nickname is "Rags".

Righetti began his career as a starting pitcher, but the Yankees converted him into a relief pitcher, using him as their closer, in 1984. He won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award in 1981. As a starter, he threw a no-hitter on July 4, 1983. As a closer, he was twice named the AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and pitched in two MLB All-Star Games. He was the first player in history to both pitch a no-hitter and also lead the league in saves in his career.

Dave set a new major league record for saves in a season in 1986 with 46, breaking the mark then held by Dan Quisenberry and Bruce Sutter. On September 11 of that season at Toronto, Dave saved both ends of a doubleheader. He did it again on the last day of the season, October 4, at Fenway Park.

"Righetti is an all-time, all-time Yankee great," said George Steinbrenner. "Not too many carry that tag. Few players have ever been more loyal to the Yankees. Give me a man with a great sense of loyalty, because he'll do anything to win."

Dave's father, Leo Righetti was a professional baseball player, and his brother, Steven Righetti, was a minor league 3B in the Texas Rangers chain 1977-1979.

(excerpted from SABR BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


1982 Topps #439
1984 Topps #635
1985 Topps #260
1986 Topps #560
1987 Topps All-Star #616
1987 Topps #40
1987 Topps #5
1988 Topps #790
1989 Topps #335
1990 Topps #160
1991 Topps #96T
1991 Upper Deck #448
1992 Topps #35
1992 Upper Deck #171
1993 Topps #310
2004 Yankees Classics #AU-10 (autographed)
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #83


Listen to Larry Baldassaro’s interview with Dave here – or view the Next Stop on the Baseball Italian Style Tour

Rags is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1983 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Righetti is also part of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Dave is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Rags is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Dave Righetti is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Dave is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Dave is also part of the Chicago White Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Dave is also part of the Born in San Fran/Oakland/Sacramento Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Dave’s baseball cards at TCDB

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