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1986 Topps #281 Steve Mura

Stephen Andrew Mura



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The winningest major league pitcher to come out of Tulane University, Steve Mura won 12 games with the World Series champ St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. He won 6 out of 8 starts between July 6 and August 15 that year, compiling a 6-0 record with a 2.63 ERA during that streak. He did not pitch in the post-season for the Cardinals however, as manager Whitey Herzog preferred youngsters John Stuper and Dave LaPoint to him, although both had won fewer games during the season. Mura had pitched the third-most innings on the team that season, but his 4.05 ERA and his 84/80 strikeout-to-walk ratio were uninspiring.

Mura couldn't stick with the division-winning Chicago White Sox team in 1983 after being chosen from St. Louis as a free agent compensation pick, and was released after only 6 games. He ended his career in 1985 pitching in 23 games with the Oakland Athletics.

He had previously spent 1978-1981 with the San Diego Padres, at a time when Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith were emerging stars. Mura and Smith were traded together to the Cardinals in a blockbuster six-player trade following the 1981 season.

He pitched in the minors from 1976-78 (spending two years at Hawaii) and from 1983-85.

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