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.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn't look correct.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn’t look correct.

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?

Again....Lou Brock's helmet!

Again….Lou Brock’s helmet!

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.

Now that I see them all laid out like that...That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

Now that I see them all laid out like that…That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

This would be a series of Cardinals players over a couple of seasons.  Jim Kaat became a TV broadcaster.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

Speaking of TV Broadcasters…This is the 1974 card of Tim McCarver on his second tour with St. Louis.

I wish Mc Carver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

I wish McCarver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

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.

 I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word. Are you listening?......"Matchbooks."

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?……”Matchbooks.”

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

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