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.

Grrrr

Fritz Peterson gritted his teeth more in posing for the 1975 card than he did for the action shot for his 1976 card.

Lapels were big…in more ways than one…in 1974.

Sideburns!

Sideburns!

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.

This many Rick Manning cards should have been foreshadowing.

This many Rick Waits and Rick Manning cards should have given me a clue that something was going to eventually happen.

The Mike Stanton (1975-1985) shown here is not the same Mike Stanton (1989-2007) that you may remember.

Rico Carty is one my favorites.

Rico Carty is one my favorites.

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.

Eck didn't become truly great until the mustache filled in completely.

Eck didn’t become truly great until the mustache filled in completely.

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.

Try saying Brohamer without smiling.  You CAN'T!

Try saying Brohamer without smiling. You CAN’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.

Gary Alexander seems surprised that he got his picture taken.

Gary Alexander seems surprised that he got his picture taken.

Buddy Bell kept the same hairstyle from 1977 into 1978.  Also, Jeff Torborg apparently copied that hairstyle.

Tom Berenger based his look as Jake Taylor on Ron Hasey.

Tom Berenger based the look of Jake Taylor in Major League on Ron Hassey.

Remember what I said about questionable uniforms?  Here’s a closer look at the 1978 team photo:

Not a great color or font.

Not a great color or font…or suits…or ties.

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

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

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