Sunday, April 9, 2017
1981 Donruss, Brian Kingman
#360 Brian Kingman
Here is the last of the three straight A's. This one is of pitcher Brian Kingman. I got this one signed through the mail last year or the year before. For some reason, when I logged the return into my spreadsheet, I forgot to save it. So he is now logged in as "TTM, date unknown".
If you are unfamiliar with Brian Kingman, his claim to fame was being the last 20 game loser. He held that title until 2003 when Mike Maroth of the Tigers lost 21 games.
Brian lost those twenty games during the 1980 season, a season where the A's went 83-79. So, Brian lost over a quarter of his teams games all by himself.
Brian's big league career spanned five seasons with the A's and Giants. During that time, he went 23-45 with a save and a 4.13 ERA with 273 strikeouts to 205 walks. During the 1980 season, Brian finished the year with 8 wins and a 3.83 ERA. Somehow, he managed to pitch ten complete games that season with one of them being a shutout.
'81 Donruss Tracker: #208