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Two weeks ago, I focused on the Chicago White Sox, the parent club for the Appleton Foxes from 1966 through 1986
Last week, I highlighted the Baltimore Orioles, the team that was the affiliate of the Foxes from 1960-1965.
The Kansas City Royals, Appleton’s parent club from 1987-1992, step into the spotlight this week.
The Paul Splittorff card on the far left is the 1972 Topps. The design just screams “EARLY 1970′s!” Dennis Leonard rocking the sideburns even to his 1979 card. That is dedication to the trend.
Here are some well-known Royals from the era. Aikens was a big part of the 1980 team that made it to the World Series. Willie Wilson is one of the fastest players of that era, stole a lot of bases, and made some great defensive plays.
All three of the following Kansas City players became major league managers.
The team card is for 1980. Pegging Dan Quisenberry as a Future Star doesn’t seem too far out there. Whitey Herzog is practicing for when he becomes manager of the Cardinals and will lose his sense of humor and ability to smile.
All four of the players in the following panel have ties to the Brewers.
Amos Otis was a long-time Royal. The card on the far left is 1974. The card on the far right is 1983.
I think it would be safe to say that George Brett is the greatest Royal. The 1976 card on the left of the top row is not flattering in any way. But, he figured it out as time went by.
Cookie Rojas was 5′-10″. Freddy Patek was 5′-4″. They were the double play combination from 1971 into 1976 when Frank White took over as the second baseman. They were excellent.
The back of the cards for both players. The cartoon on the back of Patek’s card is informative and entertaining. Think any of his teammates came in looking for a deal on a La-Z-Boy?
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The Baltimore Orioles were the major league affiliate of the Fox Cities Foxes from 1960 through 1965. Last week’s Flashback Friday on the website recalled the day the Foxes received a letter from the Orioles. That letter informed the Foxes that the Orioles were ending their affiliation.
Last week’s Wild Card Wednesday looked at some cards of the Chicago White Sox, the team that replaced the Orioles as the major league parent club of the Foxes. This week, let’s look at some Orioles cards!
First, here is a sheet of some of the older Baltimore cards in my collection. The Grant Jackson card is from 1974. Enos Cabell’s card is from 1975. Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you can set your watch to. Mark Belanger was a great defensive shortstop. Look at the swing of Tony Muser! Gary Roenicke is having some fun!!!
A series of cards over three seasons of the same player. Everyone remembers Tippy Martinez and Lee May, but Dave Skaggs?
I’m not sure, but I think that Jim Palmer was an All-Star. Steve Stone’s mustache on his 1980 card (top row)… Looks like I have a new rating for Movember on Friday.
Six seasons of Al Bumbry cards from 1975-1985.
Would it have killed Topps or Fleer to do a Rick Dempsey card with him doing his Rain Delay Theater?
Earl. Weaver! I don’t think that the 1978 team photo was taken at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It just doesn’t look right. If you ever wonder why the Orioles were so good for so long, just look at that 1982 Batting and Pitching Leaders. That would be a pair of Hall of Famers there. Plus, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez was pretty good, too.
This is my other 1974 Orioles card. A member of the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960, Boog Powell.
Or, as it says on the back of that card, John Wesley Powell:
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The Appleton Foxes and Chicago White Sox were partners from 1966 to 1986. I thought that this would be a good week to take a look at my the White Sox cards in my collection. There are a couple of pages of former Foxes, a few players in the Appleton Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, and the a few players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
There are also some uniforms that are just….oh, brother….you’ll see.
Each of the players in this collection of nine all played for the Appleton Foxes. The Terry Forster and Bucky Dent cards are from 1976. Yes, kids, the White Sox went from traditional – as traditional as powder blue with big numbers on the sleeves can be - uniforms and the really cool diagonal and interlocking “SOX” in 1976 to the stereotypical 70′s font and the big lapels in one year. From that one they went to what are basically softball uniforms with a glorified stick figure on the left chest.
Here are more former Foxes. LaMarr Hoyt looks like he just got done with his pregame run. I almost guarantee that he was wearing an AC/DC ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) T-shirt and they made him put the windbreaker on over it. If it wasn’t AC/DC, it was probably a Lynyrd Skynryd shirt.
Also, Mike Squires….oh, Mike Squires
I chose the Marc Hill card to show off the home white jersey of the White Sox. They really needed a full shot of Wilbur Wood to prove that he is not wearing shorts. Chet Lemon’s card was taken at Fenway Park, yes?
Francisco Barrios did a rehab assignment with the Foxes in 1980. Based on the background of the 1981 Fleer cards (Bottom row for Bosley, Proly, and Wortham) Fenway Park was the background for most of the White Sox players.
In honor of Movember, I have included the leaders card to show off Dennis Lamp…Dennis Lamp.
Ed Farmer is now the radio broadcaster for the White Sox. Carlton Fisk is Carlton Fisk. This was after the part of his career in which he did a few commercials for Copenhagen, Happy Days, & Skoal…the smokeless tobaccos.
You know how I usually make a joke about how I’ve collected a bunch of cards for some random dudes at about this point of the post? Not going to do it. I will freely admit that Ralph Garr and Jorge Orta were a couple of my favorite players from this period of time.
Tom Seaver doesn’t care about posing for his 1985 card. He had 288 wins going into the season. He knew that he would be getting #300 at some point during the season and that he would eventually be going into Cooperstown.
I think Goose Gossage wants a do over on his 1977 card. The white hat with the black “SOX” and the apparent direction from the photographer to look at something in the upper deck of the right field bleachers are the main reasons. Plus…there’s something missing…
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Last week on Wild Card Wednesday, we took a look at my collection of cards featuring the World Champion Boston Red Sox. This week, how about the team that didn’t win the World Series. Keep in mind that most of these cards feature St. Louis Cardinals that people can stand and were collected well before the Cardinals became the focus of evil in the baseball world.
Let’s start with some 1975 cards in the top row. Bake McBride and Reggie Smith went to different teams in 1976…and I made sure to note that on their cards…I wish I could go back in time and tell 1976 me what a bad idea that is. The second row is Ken Oberkfell over three seasons. Look at Mike Caldwell. He can’t stand being in that Cardinals uniform.
The top row here would be Tom Herr and the Mad Hungarian on the ends with the 1975 and 1978 team photos. The bottom row would be Cardinals hall of famers. Lou Brock’s helmet on that 1977 card. Those are lines. On the helmet. I know it was the 1970′s and no one had any taste or style…but, come on! Who thought that was a good idea?
Bob Forsch looked as if he hated posing for baseball cards by the time of that last one in 1985. I was apparently a big Keith Hernandez fan, too….You don’t understand, Elaine. I don’t want to be overanxious. If he wants to see me he has my number, he should call. I can’t stand these guys. You give your number to them and then they don’t call. Why do they do that? What did he come over to me if he didn’t want to see me? I mean here I meet this guy this great guy, a baseball player, best guy I ever met in my life. .. Well that’s it. I’m never giving my number out to another guy again.
This would be a series of Cardinals players over a couple of seasons. Jim Kaat became a TV broadcaster.
Speaking of TV Broadcasters…This is the 1974 card of Tim McCarver on his second tour with St. Louis.
On the back, you see that he spent part of the 1972 season with the Montreal Expos. On September 1, 1975, McCarver was purchased by the Boston Red Sox. Boston released him in June of 1976 and joined the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, 1976. He was with the Phillies until he played his final game on October 5, 1980. McCarver did not appear in the NLCS or the World Series for the Phillies that season.
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When the World Series started, I decided that the World Champions would be the subject of the first Wild Card Wednesday after the series ended and the team that did not win would be the subject of Wild Card Wednesday .
I can’t tell you how happy I am that, the Boston Red Sox are up this week.
The top row of cards are the three oldest cards that I own. They are from the 1972 season. Luis Tiant and Don Zimmer are two of my favorites. The team photo is from 1978.
The top row is from 1978. Denny Doyle played his final MLB game at the end of the 1977 season. Fergie Jenkins is awesome. Bill Lee is…Bill By Gosh Lee! The middle row would be from 1985. That would be three-fifths of the Boston rotation in 1985. Bottom right-hand corner is Reid Nichols from the current Brewers player development. Bottom row middle is THE ECK! Check the caption for why Dick Drago is in this mosaic.
I think that I used the 1975 Carlton Fisk card as a bookmark after Game Six of the ’75 World Series until sometime in 1977. As was noted about its condition…Not Mint. Apparently, the only poses Jerry Remy got for his baseball cards were running out of the batter’s box. How could pitchers fear Jim Rice when he’s smiling like that in his 1978 card?
The shocking thing about the Dwight Evans cards are the lack of a mustache in 1978 and 1981.
In past entries, I have noted the random players who seem to appear every year in my collection. Not many Hall of Famers. But, that is not the case here. Seven Carl Yastrzemskis. In fact, I think that I have at least two more of his cards out there somewhere in my boxes of stuff. One might even be from 1971…which would be awesome…if I could find it.
Here is the final card. The discussion today was weather the whole card is a painting, the cap is airbrushed, the cap was airbrushed poorly and spread to the rest of the photo, or if Topps secretly put an old Piedmont Tobacco Baseball Card into their 1978 sets.
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The New York Yankees are the most storied franchise in baseball history. Just ask them. The 2013 World Series may not seem like the World Series without them, so – with Game Six scheduled for tonight in Boston – here is a look at some of my favorite Yankee cards in my collection.
One thing that you can say about the Yankees: They have a classic uniform and they do not mess around with it.
I call this first entry: HE played for the Yankees?!
This next entry includes team photos from 1978 and 1980 in the top row, some cool Yankees in the middle row, and future managers in the bottom row:
Next are three players over two different seasons.
The bottom row of Dent, Lyle, & May are all former Foxes.
The Yankees were really, really good from1976 through 1981. Two of the reasons would be the two guys in this series of cards.
I call this one…Fred Stanley was my favorite player? Really?
Apologies for no Tater Tuesday yesterday. Things got a little busy with the announcement of Matt Erickson’s return to the team and a few other things. I’ll try to come up with something special for next week’s entry.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates may not have made the World Series this season, but they were an exciting team to watch. This week, a look back at my collection of Pirates cards. They document some of the best players in Pirates history ( that I have in my car collection). They also document some of the WORST uniforms ever…ever.
Dave Parker and Don Robinson through the years.
A series of the fastest runner, the nastiest pitcher, and the ottiest catcher the Pirates ever had.
Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven ROCKING the all gold! One card proves that Tim Foli and Joel Youngblood are not the same person. A bottom row of future Major League managers and…HOLY BUCO!….Sid Bream was a Pirate!!!
On the right is the 1975 team card. On the left is the 1978 card. The uniform choice shows you how far society can fall in just three short years. From the prospect cards: Dorian Boyland played both baseball and basketball at UW-Oshkosh and Vance Law was once considered a top prospect.
Rick Rhoden is thinking about two things: His mustache and his golf game.
The amazing thing about the pinstripes uniform is that it does actually make Kent Tekulve look thinner.
In closing….This is what young baseball players of the 80′s had to look up to in a fashion sense.
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I’m going to stay north of the border this week for Wild Card Wednesday. Since last week was Toronto, that means this week would be the Montreal Expos.
Damn. They had some really good teams.
First up, my oldest Expos card is the 1974 Chuck Taylor. I always forget that Tony Perez was an Expo. Judging from the look on his 1978 card, he looks like he is trying to forget being there, too.
Ray Burris and Randy Lerch both played with the Brewers. Ken Macha…well, you know.
Terry Francona as an Expo. Three years of Gary Carter cards. Plus, look at future MWL pitching coach Gary Lucas!
I believe that I have 75 other Del Unser cards, mostly from his time with the Phillies. The Woodie Fryman card in the top row is from 1976…You know, for the mid-70′s the Expos home jerseys have held up pretty well.
Every year…even towards the end when I only picked up a few packs…I apparently received a Chris Speier card. You know how last week, I mentioned the outfield of the mid-80′s Toronto Blue Jays was: Llyod Moseby, Jesse Barfield, and George Bell? The Expos outfield in the late 70′s was Warren Cromartie, Ellis Valentine, and Andre Dawson. That outfield in Montreal was really, really outstanding!
Speaking of Andre Dawson, that would be his 1981 Fleer Card. He looks like someone is about to tell him that Rick Monday is going to hit a home run to beat the Expos in the 1981 NLCS.
Gene Mauch as the manager of that 1975 Expos team. I can’t tell if they took that photo at Jarry Park or Spring Training. The 1978 team photo looks like Olympic Stadium…maybe. The stylized “D” on the hat of Jerry Fry and Scott Sanderson stands for Denver as in the Denver Bears, the American Association affiliate of the Expos from 1976-1981.
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Since I went with the Seattle Mariners last week, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed like the most obvious team to go with next on Wild Card Wednesday. Obvious because the Mariners and Blue Jays both started as Major League Teams in 1977.
Let’s take a look:
First up, the cheerful face of Bobby Cox from his 1985 card. The 1978 Doug Rader card is included for two reasons. 1.) His final MLB season was in 1977, the Blue Jays released him in Spring Training of 1978. 2.) The Red Rooster became an MLB manager for three different teams: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox (Two games as an interim manager after TLR was fired in 1986), and the California Angels. The ’81 and ’78 team photos are included along with the prospects from 1979.
All of the players below would be Milwaukee Brewers at some point in their careers. Vuke without the Fu Manchu just looks…wrong. Roy Howell without the beard….eh. I have no strong opinion one way or the other.
I have two cards of the Blue Jays from 1977. One is Andy Ashby. Bob Bailor was the first Blue Jay. Toronto selected him from the Baltimore Orioles with their first selection of the MLB Expansion Draft in 1976. Jesse Barfield was really good. If I had known what fantasy baseball was in the 1980s, Jesse Barfield would have been on my team….a lot. Otto Velez was named the American League Player of the Month in April of 1977. He hit .442 with five homers and 18 RBI in 21 games during the first month of Toronto Blue Jays on field history.
Danny Ainge played professional baseball while he was still playing college basketball for BYU. That Fleer card from 1981 is from the same year that he did this to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. Jesse Jefferson’s cards from 1978 and 1980. The 1980 card was his last with the Blue Jays. Jefferson was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers in September of 1980 and finished that season with the Bucs.
I really don’t know how I wound up with Jim Clancy in four different seasons. Luck of the draw. Judging by his smile in the three posed cards, he apparently enjoyed his time in Toronto. Alfredo Griffin’s final game in the major leagues ended in an amazing way. He was on-deck in Game Six of the 1993 World Series when Joe Carter did this. Nice way to go out.
Ron Fairly, who also played for the Montreal Expos, did not play for Toronto in 1978, the year of the card. The other Blue Jays card I have from 1977 is Dave McKay. The Cecil Fielder card is from 1986, his first full season in the major leagues. I have four Jim Clancy cards and only one Dave Steib card. Lloyd Moseby was the second overall pick in the 1978 draft. He would be part of this Mid-80′s Blue Jays outfield: Moseby, Barfield, and George Bell. The Blue Jays from 1984-1993 were a fun team to watch and Moseby was there through 1989. John Mayberry will always be a Kansas City Royal to me.
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Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday on Rattler Radio.
This is a weekly feature with a look at some of my favorites in my Baseball Card Collection. Keep in mind that this collection is from about 1971 through 1986 or so and I do not have a complete collection.
The Seattle Mariners came into being in 1977. Let’s take a look at what I found.
Let’s start with two future broadcasters. Joe Simpson and Tom Paciorek. I would guess that playing on these Mariners teams would give players some stories to t…My GOD! Look at Simpson’s road uniform in that Fleer card from 1981 on the left! Those are HIDEOUS! I can’t even use the excuse, “Well, it was the 80′s.” Also, note that Paciorek’s position progression goes: OF, OF/DH, OF/1B.
Speaking of progressions, Check out Dan Meyer’s cards on the bottom row. He goes from posing with the bat to a close-up to not even bothering to get off the bench. Bruce Botche is not to be confused with Bruce Bochy. Also, Julio Cruz is the MAN! His first card is from 1978 in the series is from 1978. He stole a career high 59 bases that season. I notice another shot with a BP cage for Cruz in the 1981 TOPPS card. Looking at the background, it looks like old Tigers Stadium.
The Prospect cards are from 1979 and 1982. Maury Wills was a manager…Remember that? You know how most teams take their team photo on the field with the scoreboard or the stands in the background? The 1978 Seattle Mariners took their team photo in the parking lot of the Kingdome. The parking lot.
The pitcher with the name cut off the is Dick Pole. That card is also from 1978, his final season in the majors. Pole, a product of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, would go on to be a pitching coach for for many MLB teams. Read more about him at his BR-Bullpen Page.
Leroy Stanton is the only Mariners card I have from 1977. You would think TOPPS would have loaded up on the ’77 Mariners in their single packs. Larry Cox and Ted Cox were both on the 1981 Mariners. They are not related.
Fleer’s 1981 cards with Floyd Bannister and Larry Milbourne were taken at Fenway, right? Milbourne’s 1978 card is from Yankee Stadium.
To me most of these players would be better known with teams other than Seattle. Henderson and Owen with the Red Sox. Phelps with the Yankees and A’s (He was the guy who broke up Brian Holman’s perfect game in the 9th inning as a member of the Athletics). Tom House with the Rangers and Langston as the guy who got traded to the Expos for Randy Johnson 1989 and threw the seven innings of a no-hitter for the Angels against the Mariners in 1990.
But, Alvin Davis….The card is from 1985. He hit .284 with 27 homers and 116 RBI in 1984 in his rookie season with Seattle. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and had a great career with Seattle. He is in the Mariners Hall of Fame. Heck, he was the first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame.