Wild Card Wednesday – Chicago Cubs
Two teams left…my collecting days ended before there were Diamonbacks, Marlins, Rays, and Rockies… I’ll go with the Chicago Cubs first. The Brewers are next week…
Cubs from Adrian Garrett to Geoff Zahn! Garrett would manage the Appleton Foxes in 1982.
Oh, my. They Mike Vail and Tim Blackwell cards are used to show off the powder blue, pinstriped, road jerseys of that era. My favorite Gene Clines story comes from my independent ball days. Jackie Hernandez, the hitting coach, and George Mitterwald, the manager, were talking about players from their era. Jackie asked George if he knew Gene Clines. George responded, “Do I know Gene Clines? $%*@, Jackie…I played with him for two years in Chicago!” Jackie had been teammates with Gene for three seasons in Pittsburgh.
Look…the Cubs may have lost a lot of games during this era, but they had some magnificent mustaches! Just look at the one on Scot Thompson…and Paul Rueschel!!! Sometimes, I think that Manny Trillo was the only decent player on the Cubs at the time.
You think that the airbrush artist who worked on the Dave Kingman card for the 1978 season (Middle Row, Left) looks at photoshop today and goes…”Amateurs!” Oh, Rick Reuschel! I remember when he would run the bases as he wore one of those team jackets. Hilarious!
Chicago traded Bill Madlock after the 1976 season for Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveros. Madlock finished with a .354 average to win the NL batting title in 1975 and was just behind Rod Carew’s .359 for the MLB’s best batting average. In 1976, Madlock led all of MLB in batting average at .339…and the Cubs traded him. Hi, Bill Buckner!
Of all the Cubs that I grew up watching…Larry Biittner and Lynn McGlothen are the two I remember most…for some reason. Willie Hernandez is smiling because he knew that he would be pitching for Detroit in a few years and helping them win the 1984 World Series. The Cubs traded him to the Phillies for Bill Johnson and Dick Ruthven.
When Pete Broberg pitched for the Brewers in 1975, he led the team in wins with 14. He was second on the Crew in losses with 16.
I’m all for being different, but…that 1978 team card…Seriously? That’s like the senior class picture high schools displayed at the time. Steve Macko seems…enthused?
A pre-beard Bruce Sutter and a pre-bullpen Dennis Eckersley. Both are in the Hall of Fame!
I like Bruce Sutter so much, I remember the 7*Up commercial he did with Mike Schmidt and Dave Parker:
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