Wild Card Wednesday – Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles were the major league affiliate of the Fox Cities Foxes from 1960 through 1965.  Last week’s Flashback Friday on the website recalled the day the Foxes received a letter from the Orioles.  That letter informed the Foxes that the Orioles were ending their affiliation.

Last week’s Wild Card Wednesday looked at some cards of the Chicago White Sox, the team that replaced the Orioles as the major league parent club of the Foxes.  This week, let’s look at some Orioles cards!

First, here is a sheet of some of the older Baltimore cards in my collection.  The Grant Jackson card is from 1974.  Enos Cabell’s card is from 1975.  Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you can set your watch to.  Mark Belanger was a great defensive shortstop. Look at the swing of Tony Muser!  Gary Roenicke is having some fun!!!

Keiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

Kiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

A series of cards over three seasons of the same player.  Everyone remembers Tippy Martinez and Lee May, but Dave Skaggs?

Dave Skaggs?

Dave Skaggs?

I’m not sure, but I think that Jim Palmer was an All-Star.  Steve Stone’s mustache on his 1980 card (top row)…  Looks like I have a new rating for Movember on Friday.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinnces in 1976.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinces in 1976.

Six seasons of Al Bumbry cards from 1975-1985.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

Would it have killed Topps or Fleer to do a Rick Dempsey card with him doing his Rain Delay Theater?

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

Earl. Weaver! I don’t think that the 1978 team photo was taken at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It just doesn’t look right.  If you ever wonder why the Orioles were so good for so long, just look at that 1982 Batting and Pitching Leaders.  That would be a pair of Hall of Famers there.  Plus, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez was pretty good, too.

Think that

They were right on ONE of the Future Stars they selected for that card.

This is my other 1974 Orioles card.  A member of the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960, Boog Powell.

Boog!

Boog!

Or, as it says on the back of that card, John Wesley Powell:

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

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