In this series, I look at my first team set: 1991 Topps. This was the set I started my baseball card collection with.
Rob Murphy was a lefty reliever acquired by the Red Sox in the same trade that brought Nick Esasky from the Reds. Murphy was a valuable member of the bullpen in 1989, finishing with a record of 5-7 with a 2.74 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 105 innings. He also saved nine games as a second closing option to Lee Smith. Unfortunately, 1990 was a complete bust for Murphy. His record was a terrible 0-6 and his ERA ballooned to 6.32 and his innings slipped to 57. He did save seven games though. A tired arm may have had something to do with it as his 1989 innings count was a career high.
After the 1990 season, Murphy was allowed to leave as a free agent to the Seattle Mariners.