Wild Card Wednesday – Philadelphia Phillies
For the past few weeks, Wild Card Wednesday has looked at the parent clubs of the Appleton Foxes. It’s going a little deeper into the history books this week.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the parent club of the Appleton Papermakers from 1947-1949. While no former Papermakers may be in my collection, there is a former Fox Cities Fox, a few Hall of Famers, and several with Brewers ties in the following peek into my collection.
The Willie Montanez card is from 1974 and is still one of my favorites. The four cards from 1978 of players that had a lot to do with why the Phillies were the NL East Champions that year….and the year before that…and – except for Foote – the year before that. Warren Brustar looks like Cal Naughton, Jr.
Top row is
current Phillies broadcaster Larry Christenson. Middle row all became major league managers. Bottom row spent time with the Cubs.
I didn’t think that I had any Steve Carlton cards. Now, I realize that I have two. I should also mention that all five of these players were some of my favorites from that era.
Now former or future Brewers from that era.
The team card is from 1978. That must have been taken outside the stadium. Check out the Leisure Suit on the guy in the second row. I wonder how many times the photographer tried to get this picture. Look at the photo taking no-nos:
Top Row: Guy in the middle turned to talk to the player on his left
Middle Row#1: Third player in from the left also turned to talk to the player on his left.
Middle Row #2: First player in from the right is doing something to his left ear with his right hand.
Middle Row #3: Second player in from the right is turned to see what the first player in from the right is doing.
Front Row: The batboy (?) on the far right is taking a look at everyone else in the front row.
Seated: Middle guy is covering his mouth.
Also, Another Jim Kaat card? I must have one of him with every team he has worn a uniform.
The 1981 Phillies were the defending World Champs. They won the first half before the strike, but lost in the Divisional round to the Montreal Expos.
I hated Mike Schmidt for what he would do to the Cubs on those games on WGN. But, he’s a Hall of Famer now and one of the greatest third basemen in history.
Meet my Wall of Tim McCarver.
If you look closely at the cap on the following card, you can tell that the cap was placed there through the 1978 equivalent to Photoshop. Cardenal was with the Cubs in 1977, but was traded to the Phillies in October of 1977. The original photo must have been him in a Cubs cap and there wasn’t enough time for them to get a new picture of him.
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