Wild Card Wednesday – St. Louis Cardinals
Last week on Wild Card Wednesday, we took a look at my collection of cards featuring the World Champion Boston Red Sox. This week, how about the team that didn’t win the World Series. Keep in mind that most of these cards feature St. Louis Cardinals that people can stand and were collected well before the Cardinals became the focus of evil in the baseball world.
Let’s start with some 1975 cards in the top row. Bake McBride and Reggie Smith went to different teams in 1976…and I made sure to note that on their cards…I wish I could go back in time and tell 1976 me what a bad idea that is. The second row is Ken Oberkfell over three seasons. Look at Mike Caldwell. He can’t stand being in that Cardinals uniform.
The top row here would be Tom Herr and the Mad Hungarian on the ends with the 1975 and 1978 team photos. The bottom row would be Cardinals hall of famers. Lou Brock’s helmet on that 1977 card. Those are lines. On the helmet. I know it was the 1970’s and no one had any taste or style…but, come on! Who thought that was a good idea?
Bob Forsch looked as if he hated posing for baseball cards by the time of that last one in 1985. I was apparently a big Keith Hernandez fan, too….You don’t understand, Elaine. I don’t want to be overanxious. If he wants to see me he has my number, he should call. I can’t stand these guys. You give your number to them and then they don’t call. Why do they do that? What did he come over to me if he didn’t want to see me? I mean here I meet this guy this great guy, a baseball player, best guy I ever met in my life. .. Well that’s it. I’m never giving my number out to another guy again.
This would be a series of Cardinals players over a couple of seasons. Jim Kaat became a TV broadcaster.
Speaking of TV Broadcasters…This is the 1974 card of Tim McCarver on his second tour with St. Louis.
On the back, you see that he spent part of the 1972 season with the Montreal Expos. On September 1, 1975, McCarver was purchased by the Boston Red Sox. Boston released him in June of 1976 and joined the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, 1976. He was with the Phillies until he played his final game on October 5, 1980. McCarver did not appear in the NLCS or the World Series for the Phillies that season.
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