Wild Card Wednesday – Seattle Mariners

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This is a weekly feature with a look at some of my favorites in my Baseball Card Collection. Keep in mind that this collection is from about 1971 through 1986 or so and I do not have a complete collection.

The Seattle Mariners came into being in 1977. Let’s take a look at what I found.

Let’s start with two future broadcasters.  Joe Simpson and Tom Paciorek.  I would guess that playing on these Mariners teams would give players some stories to t…My GOD! Look at Simpson’s road uniform in that Fleer card from 1981 on the left!  Those are HIDEOUS!  I can’t even use the excuse, “Well, it was the 80’s.”  Also, note that Paciorek’s position progression goes: OF, OF/DH, OF/1B.

Paciorek even has a microphone in his last card.  That's called foreshadowing.

Paciorek even has a microphone in his last card. That’s called foreshadowing.

Speaking of progressions, Check out Dan Meyer’s cards on the bottom row.  He goes from posing with the bat to a close-up to not even bothering to get off the bench.   Bruce Botche is not to be confused with Bruce Bochy.  Also, Julio Cruz is the MAN!  His first card is from 1978 in the series is from 1978.  He stole a career high 59 bases that season.  I notice another shot with a BP cage for Cruz in the 1981 TOPPS card.  Looking at the background, it looks like old Tigers Stadium.

Three players over three different years.

This is what playing three seasons in the early 80’s for the Mariners did to you.

The Prospect cards are from 1979 and 1982.  Maury Wills was a manager…Remember that?  You know how most teams take their team photo on the field with the scoreboard or the stands in the background?  The 1978 Seattle Mariners took their team photo in the parking lot of the Kingdome.  The parking lot.

The pitcher with the name cut off the is Dick Pole.  That card is also from 1978, his final season in the majors.  Pole, a product of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, would go on to be a pitching coach for for many MLB teams.  Read more about him at his BR-Bullpen Page.

Darrell Johnson is thinking about Game 7 of the '75 World Series.

Darrell Johnson is thinking about Game 7 of the ’75 World Series.

Leroy Stanton is the only Mariners card I have from 1977.  You would think TOPPS would have loaded up on the ’77 Mariners in their single packs.  Larry Cox and Ted Cox were both on the 1981 Mariners.  They are not related.

Do NOT call it the Mendoza Line around him,

Do NOT call it the Mendoza Line around him,

Fleer’s 1981 cards with Floyd Bannister and Larry Milbourne were taken at Fenway, right?  Milbourne’s 1978 card is from Yankee Stadium.

The Richie Zisk card on the top row was improperly cut at the TOPPS factory. I want a new one.

The Richie Zisk card on the top row was improperly cut at the TOPPS factory. I want a new one.

To me most of these players would be better known with teams other than Seattle.  Henderson and Owen with the Red Sox. Phelps with the Yankees and A’s (He was the guy who broke up Brian Holman’s perfect game in the 9th inning as a member of the Athletics).  Tom House with the Rangers and Langston as the guy who got traded to the Expos for Randy Johnson 1989 and threw the seven innings of a no-hitter for the Angels against the Mariners in 1990.

But, Alvin Davis….The card is from 1985.  He hit .284 with 27 homers and 116 RBI in 1984 in his rookie season with Seattle.  He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and had a great career with Seattle.  He is in the Mariners Hall of Fame.  Heck, he was the first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame.

Obligatory inclusion of Ken Phelps Seinfeld reference.

Obligatory inclusion of Ken Phelps Seinfeld reference in 3…2….1….

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Someone needs to invite Maury Wills into the Tight Pants Club. http://www.baseballnation.com/2012/3/1/2835698/the-tight-pants-club

This time I will use the excuse. It was the 80’s.

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