Wild Card Wednesday – Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians were the parent club of the of the Appleton Papermakers in 1941, 1942, and 1946. Wild Card Wednesday does not have any cards of those who played for Papermakers, but there are some horrible uniform choices, some Cleveland legends, and a reminder of a horrible trade from Brewers history.
A series of cards from 1974-1976.
Lapels were big…in more ways than one…in 1974.
The TRADE! Both Rick Waits and Rick Manning came to the Brewers in a trade on June 6, 1983. The Indians received….Gorman Thomas!!!! and a couple of other guys. Seriously! It was kind of a big deal. It was emotional for fans, but this contemporary account of why the trade made sense from a baseball perspective.
Here are a couple of Hall of Famers. Dennis Eckersley really like the sleeves and the windbreaker. Blyleven showing the clean-shaven look in the headshot and full beard in the action shot.
Joe Charboneau was Rookie of the Year in 1980. The card is from 1982, a season in which he played just 22 games for Cleveland. Mike Hargrove took forever to pose for this card. Len Barker is smiling because he has thrown a perfect game and you haven’t.
Here are a group of players that are probably better known for playing with other teams. Hendrick = Cardinals; Powell = Orioles; Alexander = Giants, A’s, Pirates; Clyde = Rangers & #1 overall pick in 1973 draft; Cliff Johnson = Yankees, Cubs, Astros, A’s, Blue Jays; Rosello = Cubs; Grimsley = Expos.
Buddy Bell kept the same hairstyle from 1977 into 1978. Also, Jeff Torborg apparently copied that hairstyle.
Remember what I said about questionable uniforms? Here’s a closer look at the 1978 team photo:
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