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Wild Card Wednesday – Milwaukee Brewers

I had wanted to do this post on Monday morning, but life got in the way.

Yep.  Tom Hausman and Bill Sharp are two of the earliest Brewers cards in my collection.

Ray Sadecki!

Ray Sadecki!

Sal Bando and Larry Hisle were two big free agent signings by the Brewers.  Bill Travers was home grown…if I remember correctly.

Bill Travers always seemed to pitch when I went to Brewers games in that era.

Bill Travers always seemed to pitch when I went to Brewers games in that era.

These are some of the guys I think of when I think Brewers baseball.

Slaton '76...mustache. Slaton '78... no mustache.

Slaton ’76…mustache. Slaton ’78… no mustache.

These guys, too.

Brouhard is smiling? Right?

Brouhard is smiling? Right?

I got the Moose Haas autograph at the Ray Fencil Chevy booth at the Racine County Fair in Union Grove.  I think that was where Charlie Moore got his Mizuno pullover.

Moose signed that 1978 card with light ink.  My mom traced over it to let 10-year-old Mehring see it.

Moose signed that 1978 card with light ink. My mom traced over it to let 10-year-old Mehring see it.

Cecil Cooper is awesome.

COOOOOOOOOOOP!

COOOOOOOOOOOP!

There was nothing like going to a Brewers game at Milwaukee County Stadium and hearing Bob Betts announce Siiiiiiixxxtooooooo LezzzzzzzzCANnnnnnnOOOOOOO!  You kids don’t realize how much fun that was.

I struggle to remember Steve Brye as a Brewer.

I struggle to remember Steve Brye as a Brewer.

Take a look at the checkered jacket on the guy in the third row of the 1976 team card.

Roy Howell will manage the Tacoma Rainiers this season.

Roy Howell will manage the Tacoma Rainiers this season.

Mike Hegan, Rick Manning, and Bill Schoeder all went on to be broadcasters after their playing days.

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Hall of Famers

I wouldn't qualify that Rollie Fingers card as "In Action".

I wouldn’t qualify that Rollie Fingers card as “In Action”.

My cousin Keith sent me some of his Brewers cards, including this Robin Yount Rookie Card:

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And this Don Money card may be the WORST example of airbrushing EVER:
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Keith also sent my one of his two Topps Baseball Cards of the Milwaukee Brewers booklets that were giveaways from Surf Laundry Detergent.

I may share some of those in the future…But, the season starts tomorrow.

Thank you for indulging me on Wednesday this offseason.  As a reminder, I don’t have cards for Tampa Bay, Arizona, Miami, or Colorado in my collection since I stopped before those teams joined MLB.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

San Diego Padres

Chicago Cubs

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.

Darrold Knowles and Carmen Fanzone are basically the same person.

Darrold Knowles and Carmen Fanzone are basically the same person.

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.

A Bobby Murcer card where I didn't cross out the team name to put him on the Cubs!

A Bobby Murcer card where I didn’t cross out the team name to put him on the Cubs!

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.

I'll take Barry Foote in the center square for the block, Peter!

I’ll take Barry Foote in the center square for the block, Peter!

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!

Doug Capilla lost out on the role of Doc Holiday in Tombstone to Val Kilmer.

Doug Capilla lost out on the role of Doc Holiday in Tombstone to Val Kilmer.

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!

Ray Burris was a Brewer in 1985 and 1987.

Ray Burris was a Brewer in 1985 and 1987.

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.

Ivan DeJesus WILL show you how to bunt and you WILL pay attention!

Ivan DeJesus WILL show you how to bunt and you WILL pay attention!

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.

Mike Lum counts since he was a minor league hitting instructor for the Brewers.

Mike Lum counts as a Brewers alum since he was a minor league hitting instructor for the Brewers.

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?

If only Herman Franks knew...

If only Herman Franks knew…

A pre-beard Bruce Sutter and a pre-bullpen Dennis Eckersley.  Both are in the Hall of Fame!

What? I liked Bruce Sutter!

What? I liked Bruce Sutter!

I like Bruce Sutter so much, I remember the 7*Up commercial he did with Mike Schmidt and Dave Parker:

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

 

Wild Card Wednesday – San Francisco Giants

Oh, San Francisco Giants.  Candlestick Park was horrible.  Your jerseys were…odd.  But, you had some good players.  Let’s take a look.

Bobby Murcer was an American League All-Star with the Yankees in 1974.  That’s why he has the AL ALL-STAR star on his 1975  card for the Giants….and Yankee Stadium is in the background….and the Giants hat is 1975-photoshopped onto his head.  Take a look at that Gary Thomasson card in the middle.  We’ll come back to that pose later.

I ruined more Bobby Murcer cards to make sure he played for the Cubs.

I ruined more Bobby Murcer cards to make sure he played for the Cubs.

A few Giants over three seasons.

Disappointed

Disappointed that Randy Moffitt didn’t carry over the 1975-1976 pose over to 1978.

Larry Herndon’s cards couldn’t be more different.  The close up on the TOPPs card makes him look eight feet tall.   The FLEER card looks like it was taken by a stakeout team with their biggest telephoto lens.  Derrel Thomas makes those glasses glasses look gooooooood.

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Is Allen Ripley the ancestor of Ellen Ripley from the Alien movies? Read the book.

GIANTS!

Rennie says, "Hello, ladies."

Renie Martin says, “Hello, ladies.”

This panel could also be known as: HE played for the Giants?

Doyle Alexander was a Giant?

Doyle Alexander was a Giant?

Don’t even get me started on the Giants’ warm-up jackets as Johnnie LeMaster shows in the final card on the right.

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Why is Johnnie LeMaster setting up in the stretch in the middle card?

Who’s behind those Foster Grants?  Gary Lavelle!

Huge Gary Lavelle fan!

Huge Gary Lavelle fan!

Look at the 1978 card on the right.  That is the 1977 team photo…and yes…that is a Cable Car.  You can’t do that on a field that isn’t astroturf.  Serious question….How many team photos after 1978 had a Marlboro sign in it?

That's when it clicked.

Not many.

Former Brewer time.

Former Brewer.

Did he have that big of a leg kick?  I don’t remember that.

Hall of Fame time.  I always liked Willie McCovey.

Hall of Famers!

Hall of Famers!

Remember that pose I mentioned in the first panel?  Let’s take a look at it again.  Pretty popular pose for the 1978 Giants, yes?

Variation

Probably the same spot of the stadium, too.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

San Diego Padres

Wild Card Wednesday – San Diego Padres

Let’s move on to the San Diego Padres for Wild Card Wednesday.  I’ll say this about them.  They had decent players and their uniforms got progressively worse throughout the run of my collection.

Oh, the uniforms weren’t bad at the start.  The interlocking SD on the cap and the mustard & brown colors weren’t bad at the start.  Just ask Randy Hundley.  That’s a smile, right?

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Dave Tomlin just threw a pitch.  He totally did!

But just look at the Mickey Lolich & Jay Johnstone cards.  That is a lot of yellow.  Dave Cash with the veteran move of wearing his warm up jacket to cover his jersey.  Oscar Gamble…The world would be a better place if everyone could get their hair styled like Oscar Gamble at least one time in their life.  Gene Tenace….and…..WHAMMY!

Aka: Guys who had more success elsewhere.

Aka: Guys who had more success elsewhere.

Right around here is where those jerseys took a turn for the awful.  You know how most teams have the nickname on the front of their home jersey and their home city on front of their road jersey.  Look at the Gene Richards 1981 FLEER card.  The one that says San Diego and Padres on the front.  A bit excessive if you ask me.  Also, Four Tim Flannery cards?  Come on!

Gene Richard looks thrilled to be wearing that brown monstrosity.

Gene Richard looks thrilled to be photographed in those last two.

Here are some Padres over a couple of different seasons.   Positioned like they are, Randy Jones and Steve Mura look like they are sharing a joke about those 1981 FLEER cards.  Probably about how no one names their kid “Tucker” anymore.

Terry Kennedy was the Derek Zoolander of baseball cards.  This pose was his Blue Steel.  He’s been working on Magnum, but it’s not ready yet.

Padres legend!

Padres legend!

Former Brewers Kurt Bevacqua and Rollie Fingers.  Bevacqua gave Padres fans their one World Series highlight with a home run against the Tigers in 1984.  Rollie Fingers spent four seasons with the Padres and had 108 saves (as opposed to four seasons and 97 saves with the Brewers.  But, he just doesn’t look right in that San Diego uniform.

Former Brewers!

Former Brewers!

Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield were teammates from 1978-1980 – and Fingers was there from 1977-1980.  Three future Hall of Fame Players on the same roster and….the Padres finished above .500 one time and their best finish was 4th place in the NL West.

FLEER printed a Dave Winfield Padres card for 1981 even though he signed with the Yankees as a free agent on December 15, 1980.  TOPPS printed an Ozzie Smith Padres card for 1982 even though he had been traded to the Cardinals on December 10, 1981.

How did the Padres not win more games?

How did the Padres not win more games?

Bruce Bochy became the Padres’ manager in 1995, took the team to the World Series in 1998, and stayed there through back-to-back NL West Championships in 2005 & 2006.  Bochy is now the manager of the San Francisco Giants and has won a pair of World Championships with them.

From John McNamara to Alvin Dark in two years.

From John McNamara to Alvin Dark in two years.

Remember this Tito Fuentes card?  The 1978 Detroit Tigers one that was featured in Wild Card Wednesday a few weeks ago?  Here is his 1976 card from the Padres.  The headband was a thing with him…apparently.

His name is TITO!

His name is TITO!

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

Wild Card Wednesday – Texas Rangers

Last week, the Houston Astros were featured.  I’m going to stay in Texas and look at the Ranger cards in my collection.  Now, the Rangers didn’t have uniforms as memorable as their in-state rivals, but some of their sartorial choices…whoooooo boy.

Also, Lots and Lots and Lots of cards of Rangers who went on to play with the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was a big Danny Darwin fan…apparently.

Rangers through the years.  I really think that TOPPS could have picked a photo of Len Randle after he got a hit instead of after he popped out to second.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Toby Harrah’s progression of cards looks like what a series of photos of me would be like this offseason.

Rangers legends

Rangers legends

These guys aren’t bad either and each have interesting stories.  Not as interesting as Dock Ellis’s.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Some team photos, Ranger managers, future managers, and team leaders….Yep. Buddy Bell and Al Oliver were really, really good.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

I had forgotten the red softball jerseys – worn by Larry Parrish and  Pete O’Brien – of the Rangers.  I wish I could forget them now.  Bob Jones wore those glasses everywhere.  Probably still has that exact pair today.

Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Also…Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Image #1 of future Brewers as Rangers.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

Image two of future Brewers as Rangers.

Four, count 'em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Four, count ‘em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Rangers who went on to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame!  How good was Fergie Jenkins?  He won 25 games – with 29 complete games – for the Rangers in 1974.  The card displayed here is for his second tour of duty with Texas

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season.  He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season. He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Wild Card Wednesday – Houston Astros

I confess. I loved the monstrosity that was the uniform of the 1970’s Houston Astros.

If anyone put together a time capsule in the 1970s, disco albums, leisure suits, and the uniforms of the Houston Astros should have been included.

Uniforms like these right here:

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974.  Those jerseys were horrible.

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974. Those jerseys were horrible.

And these…Plus, the wings springing out from under the hat of Mark Lemongello.

Check out Denny Walling's team jacket.  Those were...good lord.

Check out Denny Walling’s team jacket. Those were…good lord.

Ken Forsch and Terry Puhl stuck around long enough to get new uniforms…and hats.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Here are a few other Astros who stuck with the team for a few years.

Hey, Vern!

Hey, Vern!

Astros Legends.

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JR Richard. That dude was awesome!

Luis Pujols also was part of the progression of Houston uniforms.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan...apparently.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan…apparently.

On the Future Stars card, Bobby Sprowl is on there.  I wonder if Jon-Mark Sprowl, a former Lansing Lugnut, is the son of Bobby Sprowl.  Also, take note of the three future managers on this page.

The team photo

The team photo is full of awesome.

Now is the time on Wild Card Wednesday when we look at Brewers tie-ins with the team that is featured.  Garner would be Brewers manager.  Walton went from Houston in 1968 to the Seattle Pilots in 1969 to the Brewers from 1970 and 1971.  His Houston card is from 1978, but Walton didn’t play for the Astros that season.  He spent 1978 playing for the Taiyo Whales.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

These Astros are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too.  he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too. he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Now to the curious case of Tom Dixon.  His 1979 and 1980 cards look very similar.  The same background.  Almost the same pose. Slightly different lighting.  The consensus is that the the cards were taken from photos that were taken one frame apart at some point.  The hair is slightly different, which could lead one to believe that TOPPS went back two straight years to the same spot and shot action photos of Tom Dixon.  This is doubtful.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

I will break one of my rules* here, but I think that it is worth it.  I don’t have the 1977 card of Tom Dixon.  But, this blog had it.

That's a Richmond Tides jersey...and we have found the other end of the 70's awful to awesome spectrum.

That’s a Richmond Tides jersey…and we have found the other end of the 70’s awful to awesome spectrum.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Wild Card Wednesday – California Angels

Yes. California Angels.  My card collecting days started after they stopped being the Los Angeles Angels and ended before they became the Anaheim Angels…or even the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Uniformity of borders was for chumps, right 1975 TOPPS cards?  Also, the Dave Chalk and Mickey Scott poses are the same as the Llenas and Don Kirkwood poses.  The pictures are just from different angles.

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Blue Glove!

I think of the players on this image playing for other teams before I think of them playing for the Angels…if I remeber them even playing for the Angels.

I really don't remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

I really don’t remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

Brian Downing, who played for the Appleton Foxes when they were an affiliate of the White Sox, is a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.  Joe Rudi was totally not into the whole photo day.  The FLEER card for Sanchez looks like it was taken at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Luis Sanchez don't care.

Luis Sanchez didn’t care where the photo for that FLEER card was taken.

Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you could set your watch to.  The span of 1976 to 1981 for my Frank Tanana cards may be one of the longest spans between cards for the same player in my collection.

Frank...mustaches aren't for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Frank…mustaches aren’t for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Next up, your ex-Brewers fix!  The Thad Bosley card is for 1978, but he only played for the Angels in 1977.  California traded him and a few others to the White Sox for Brian Downing and a few others on December 5, 1977.

Bosley ('81). Clear ('86-'88)

Bosley (’81). Clear (’86-’88)

Don Baylor was the 1979 AL MVP as he helped the Angels make the playoffs for the first time.  He played all 162 games in that regular season and for the majority of those games was an outfielder.  He was a DH in 65 of those games.  Baylor’s move to almost full-time DH’ing didn’t start until the 1981 season.

Don Baylor could hit anything.

Don Baylor…Smiled?

Here are the Angels cards of my National Baseball Hall of Famer.  Notice anything about the Frank Robinson card?  Okay, the background is Dodger Stadium.  But, look closer….Yes. Whiteout was used to erase “Dodgers” from Robinson’s jersey.  He played for the Dodgers in 1972 and was traded in a blockbuster to the Angels on November 28, 1972.  No time to take a new photograph apparently.

Frank Robinson's 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

Frank Robinson’s 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

I had also forgotten that Dick Williams was the Angels manager in 1976.  I think Jim Fregosi, who recently passed away, is the first Angels manager I remember.

Jim Fregosi can't believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

Jim Fregosi can’t believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

These cards….I…I just…  Burleson looks shocked that someone asked him to pose for his card.  Pettis thought it was 6th Grade Picture Day.  Renko?  Stubbed his toe? Sat on a tack?  Renko!

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

UPDATE: I was closer to the truth than I thought.  It was pointed out to me that the Gary Pettis 1985 TOPPS card does NOT feature Gary Pettis.

But Pettis claims innocence for another supposed caper that has brought him recent notoriety. Gary’s 1985 Topps baseball card features a picture of a 14-year-old Pettis, Gary’s youngest brother, Lynn. Topps claims chicanery. Pettis says balderdash, the photo was shot last year at a Family Day baseball game when Lynn was in uniform. “Now Lynn runs around the stadium signing autographs,” Pettis says.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

Wild Card Wednesday – Detroit Tigers

I wish I had more baseball cards with  Tiger Stadium in the background.   When I think old school baseball stadiums, I think of Tiger Stadium.  These are some Tigers cards through the years starting with  Jack Pierce & Tom Walker from 1976.  Bob Sykes wins the contest for biggest dip of smokeless tobacco on a baseball card in this series.  If your eye goes down to the lower left-hand corner, you will notice something of a rarity.  Milwaukee County Stadium in the background of the Mike Ivie card.

Well...

John Hiller is looking at the same thing as Gene Garber.

I liked watching all of these guys play, except when they went against the Brewers.

Hall of

Hall of Really, Really Good.

Same goes for these guys.

Three, count 'em, THREE

Three, count ‘em, THREE Johnny Wockenfuss cards. #Blessed

Kirk Gibson is one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.  Oddly, since I also have four of his cards, Dave Rozema is also one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

When I first scanned in these cards, I had planned on Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker to be on the same panel.  It only made sense since they came up together and were one of the best double play combinations of that era.  Then, I couldn’t find my Trammel cards.  Then, I found them after I scanned them in and I didn’t want to start all over again.   So….Alan Trammel.

I know...I know...

I know…I know…It looks like the Trammel in the Fleer card can’t believe he’s not with the Whitaker card, too.

Ladies and Gentlemen….the 1978 Detroit Tigers!!!…and some guys who hope to join the Tigers team photo one day….and Sparky Anderson.

SPARKY!

SPARKY!

Tom Brookens won a Midwest League title as the manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007.  Taking the photo for his card on the left in the basement garage of the Dallas Police Department on the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald was being transferred seems like an odd choice.  Barbaro Garbey was a hitting coach for the Chiefs for a few seasons during their most recent run as a Cubs affiliate and he didn’t think that comment about LHO was funny at all.

MWL Coaching alumni.

MWL Coaching alumni.

This is the last thing a lot of pitchers saw when they faced Ben Oglivie.  This card is for the 1978 season.  But, Oglivie never played for the Tigers that year.  He became a Brewer in December of 1977 in a trade that sent Jim Slaton and Jim Folkers to Detroit.

Not sure what happened to the other two Benj Oglivie cards that I had.

Not sure what happened to the other two.

Fact I might be totally making up out of thin air….Jim McMahon got his idea for headbands from Tito Fuentes.

Remember this card when it's the Padres turn on March 12.

Remember this card when it’s the Padres turn on March 12.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Wild Card Wednesday – Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are the next team for Wild Card Wednesday.

My time collecting baseball cards coincides with the time of Big Red Machine.  That’s why I seem to have so many Ray Knight, George Foster, and Mario Soto cards, apparently.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

The three cards from the 1976 season: Clay Kirby was traded to Montreal in December of 1975, McEnaney – who saved Game 7 of the 1975 World Series against the Red Sox – saved seven games in the 1976 regular season and two in the ’76 World Series sweep of the Yankees; and Rettenmund was traded to the Padres on April 5, 1976.

Is that a microphone, Larry Biitner?

Is that a microphone, Larry Biittner?

Ed Armbrister was involved in a controversial play during Game Three of the 1975 World Series:

#BuntToWin

Dan Driessen had the unenviable task of following Tony Perez as the every day first baseman of the Reds.  Driessen took over in 1977 and hit .300/.375/.468 with 17 homers, 91 RBI, and a 2.3 WAR.  That’s a pretty decent season.

Manny Sarmiento!

Manny Sarmiento!

Sparky Anderson managed an aging Reds team to 92 wins in 1978 (the team card on the left).  He was let go after the season.  John McNamara manged the Reds to 90 wins and the NL West Pennant in 1979.  The 1980 team (the team card on the right) won 89 games and finished third in the division.  The 1981 team – not pictured – won 35 games in the first half and 31 games in the second half of the season.  They finished with the best overall record in all of baseball…and missed the playoffs due to the split season.  I included the John Franco card because, I am a fan of John Franco.  Dann Bilardello managed the Peoria Chiefs in 2013.

Dann

Let’s not even get into why Cincinnati was in the NL West.

Here are the Reds Hall of Famers in my card collection.  I have more cards of Tom Seaver as a Red (2) than I have of him as a Met (0…1, if you count the Hostess card).  That’s just wrong.

Hall of Famers!

Hall of Fame players.  Not great at posing for pictures.

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

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Wild Card Wednesday – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball during my card collecting days.  They went to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.  They won the Series in 1981.  Let’s take a look at some of these cards.

Al Downing gave up homer #715 to Hank Aaron in 1974Glenn Burke was the innovator of the HIGH FIVE!  I saw Steve Howe pitch for the Sioux Falls Canaries in 1997.  I did not see Pedro Guerrero play for the Canaries in 1993 or 1994.

Look at

Smart move using Steve Sax batting instead of throwing.

Don Sutton isn’t just in the National Baseball Hall of Fame due to his 300+ wins & 3,000+ strikeouts.  He’s in the National Hair Hall of Fame.  Look at that!  Beautiful!

Does Don Sutton look different now?

Don Sutton trademarked that pose and you owe him $5 for viewing it.

Doug Rau was a pretty good pitcher in the 1970’s.  His last card in the series is from 1980, a year that he missed – except for four starts in San Antonio – due to injury.  LANGUAGE WARNING: Tommy Lasorda came out to get Doug Rau in a game during the 1977 World Series after four straight hits.  Lasorda was wearing a wireless microphone.  LANGUAGE WARNING!!!

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly... Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly… Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

These are all Dodger Legends…Except for Sutcliffe who found his success when he was traded to the Cubs in 1984.  Sutcliffe went 16-1 in twenty starts with the Cubs.  His only loss was to the Dodgers.  I have no video proof, but I am almost positive that Steve Yeager appeared – with Don Sutton – in an episode of the Wonderbug segment of The Krofft Supershow.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards....apparently.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards….apparently.

The Dodgers team photo has been taken in the same spot since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

That's Walter Alston.

Tommy owes Don Sutton $5 for that pose.

Here are some Dodgers who became major league managers.

And we're not done yet.

And we’re not done yet.

Davey Lopes and Bill Russell were the second baseman and shortstop for the Dodgers for years.  They also became major league managers.

Big fan.

Big fan of both players…apparently.

My glove in high school was a Steve Garvey first baseman’s mitt.  I wore jersey #6. I had the same haircut.  I really liked Cyndy Garvey in the 70’s & 80’s. That is where my similarities to Steve Garvey end.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

Oh, Hi.  Because I KNOW that you just spent ten minutes staring at the Steve Garvey card in the lower right corner of that last image….Here’s a closer look.

Hi. I'm Steve Garvey.

Hi. I’m Steve Garvey.

Fun Fact.  The hidden lair of Lazlo Hollyfield from Real Genius is based on the Garvey Cave that is located beneath his locker in the Dodgers Clubhouse.

Lazlo was against using computers to weaponize lasers, but he was totally down with sending in almost 2 million entry forms to win a Frito-Lay contest?

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

Cleveland Indians

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