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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

Wild Card Wednesday – Minnesota Twins

If you ever put me under oath, I would most likely admit that the interlocked TC logo and the powder blue jerseys of the Minnesota Twins were pretty, pretty cool.

How many of these guys look like baseball players?

How many of these guys look like baseball players?

In his playing days, Jose Morales was known as Jose “Two Bats” Morales.

Roger Erickson had an odd feeling of deja vu when he posed for his Fleer card.

Roger Erickson had an odd feeling of deja vu when he posed for his Fleer card.

Glenn Adams was the hitting coordinator for the Seattle Mariners when the Timber Rattlers were affiliated with Seattle.  Geoff Zahn!

Come on, Glen! Smile!

Come on, Glenn Borgmann! Smile!

How cool is it that Darrell Jackson’s Fleer card featurs him holding a bat?  Eric Soderholm was the #1 overall pick of the draft that was held in January of 1968.

The 1975 season became known as "The Year Eric wore glasses".

The 1975 season became known as “The Year Eric started to wear glasses”.

I’ll be honest here.  I got Steve Braun and Steve Brye mixed up.  Braun never played for the Brewers.  Brye did.  You can see Brye’s 1975 card up in the top row of the first image.  Johnny Briggs played with the Brewers and went to the Twins during the 1975 season in a trade for Bobby Darwin.  Briggs did not play the 1976 season with the Twins.  Instead, he went to play part of 1976 in Japan.

Brewers represent!

Brewers represent!

Gene Mauch made sure that the 1978 Twins team picture looked perfect.  Ray Miller managed parts of two seasons with Minnesota before being replaced by Tom Kelly.  He has also managed and been a pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles.  Ron Washington!

Jerry Terrell was the manager of the Burlington Bees in 2000.

Jerry Terrell was the manager of the Burlington Bees in 2000.

That 1976 Dan Ford card is exactly what I was talking about when I said that “the interlocked TC logo and the powder blue jerseys of the Minnesota Twins were pretty, pretty cool.”

"Disco" Dan Ford may have had the most 1970's nickname ever.

“Disco” Dan Ford may have had the most 1970′s nickname ever.

Bert Blyleven with no facial hair looks weird.  Notice the patch on the sleeve of Rod Carew.  That’s the representation of the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul shaking hands.  Seriously.

Both these players are in Cooperstown.

Both these players are in Cooperstown.

This is my new favorite baseball card…ever.

I love this card.

I love this card.

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Oakland A’s

Wild Card Wednesday returns in 2014 with a look at the Oakland Athletics and their glorious uniforms!

Their Glorious Golden Uniforms!

The Gene Tenace card is from 1972.  The Sal Bando card is from 1976.  Yes. I crossed out A’s and put in Brewers when he signed with Milwaukee on November 19, 1976.

Gene Tenace at the plate and.... WHAMMY!

Gene Tenace at the plate and…. WHAMMY!

I knew that Tony Armas, Wayne Gross, and Dwayne Murphy were with Oakland for awhile…but for that long?

The same guys in four seasons.

The same guys in four seasons.

This series shows the progression of style in both hairdos and facial hair.  Dick Bosman goes from straight hair and clean-shaven in 1976 to a perm and a mustache in 1977.  Jeff Jones and Mike Norris both go from clean-shaven to mustachioed.  Jim Todd goes from mustache to full beard.

Dick Bosman has one pose and he has no problem with that.

Also, Dick Bosman has one pose and he has no problem with that.

This series of cards could be used for a battery in an A’s game in all three seasons shown.

Teammates!

Teammates!

Don’t stare at the Dave McKay cards too long.  You will lose track of time.

Rob

Rob Picciolo was a Brewer!

The 1978 A’s don’t believe in everyone wearing the same uniform for the team photo.  Top Row: Gold-Green-Gold-Green-Gold-Green-Gold-Green-Gold…The coaching staff in the center going with the white jerseys and the guy on the far right is wearing the white hat with the gold jersey….INDIVIDUALS!!!

Check out the Checkered Sports Jacket on the left!

Check out the Checkered Sports Jacket on the left!

Rickey doesn’t have time to do more than one photo shoot a year.

Pretty sure the two cards (Middle & Right) are County Stadium.

Pretty sure the two cards (Middle & Right) were taken at Milwaukee County Stadium.

BILLY BALL!

Posing for baseball cards may have been the least favorite thing that Billy Martin did.

Posing for baseball cards may have been the least favorite thing that Billy Martin did.

Let’s take a look at the back of this card:

I think this covers only about HALF of Billy's managerial jobs.

I think this covers only about HALF of Billy’s managerial jobs.

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Atlanta Braves

This feature has been tracking its way through the parent clubs of the Foxes and Papermakers for the last few weeks.  This week, a look at the cards from the parent club at the end of the Wisconsin State League Era.

The Appleton Papermakers were affiliated with the Boston Braves in 1952 and the Milwaukee Braves in 1953.  Those were the only times a team in Appleton has been partnered with the team that is now in Atlanta.

NOTE: This will be the last Wild Card Wednesday of 2013.  The feature will return on January 8.

In 1980, every guy had the exact pair of sunglasses that Joey McLaughlin is wearing for his baseball card.  Brett Butler didn’t quite have the “pose for baseball card” look down at this point in his career.

I'll trade you that Doyle Alexander card for a John Smoltz rookie card.

I’ll trade you that Doyle Alexander card for a John Smoltz rookie card.

Most of the players on this sheet were better known for their time with other teams.  I am also showing these off to remind everyone how horrible “power blue” as a uniform color choice.

Say Biff Pocaroba and try not to smile.

Say “Biff Pocaroba” and try not to smile.

Bruce Benedict’s last card is almost identical to the Brad Komminsk card in the first entry.  Rick Camp went from clean shaven to mustache to full beard in this series of cards.  Chris Chambliss spent seven years with the Braves…the exact amount of time he spent with the Yankees.  Chambliss played 886 games and hit 80 homers with the Braves and 885 games with 79 home runs with the Yankees.

I want

I prefer Camp’s jacket to the one Chambliss is wearing.

Jeff Borroughs looks like the stereotypical 1978 baseball player in his card on the top row.  Couldn’t they have put Vic Correll behind a plate behind the plate instead of just saying, “We’ll take it right here.”  Also, the Fleer guys weren’t feeling too creative with the cards for Bob Horner and Charlie Spikes in their 1981 set.

Bob...Freaking...Horner!

Bob…Freaking…Horner!

In order: a top reliever of the era who helped stop Pete Rose’s hitting streak at 44 games, an outfielder Braves fans insist should be in the Hall of Fame, and a Hall of Fame pitcher.

Remember the Gene Garber card from the Phillies last week?

Remember the Gene Garber card from the Phillies last week?  We will come back to this.

The 1978 and 1979 team cards.  Bobby Cox was the manager in both of these photos from his first tour of duty with Atlanta.

Future Stars!

Future Stars!

This card of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry is from the 1982 Topps set.  Perry only pitched for the Braves in 1981 and was released by Atlanta on October 5, 1981.  He had 297 wins at the time.  Perry would sign with Seattle in March of 1982 and win his 300th game on May 6, 1982 with a complete game at home against the New York Yankees.  He was 43 at the time.

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Perry didn’t look too worried that he wouldn’t get a shot at #300

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Philadelphia Phillies

For the past few weeks, Wild Card Wednesday has looked at the parent clubs of the Appleton Foxes.  It’s going a little deeper into the history books this week.

The Philadelphia Phillies were the parent club of the Appleton Papermakers from 1947-1949.  While no former Papermakers may be in my collection, there is a former Fox Cities Fox, a few Hall of Famers, and several with Brewers ties in the following peek into my collection.

The Willie Montanez card is from 1974 and is still one of my favorites.  The four cards from 1978 of players that had a lot to do with why the Phillies were the NL East Champions that year….and the year before that…and – except for Foote – the year before that.  Warren Brustar looks like Cal Naughton, Jr.

Look at Gene Garber in the center square. This will be important next week.

Look at Gene Garber in the center square. This will be important next week.

Top row is current Phillies broadcaster Larry Christenson.  Middle row all became major league managers.  Bottom row spent time with the Cubs.

De Jesus was traded to the Phillies from the Cubs in 1982 for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg.

De Jesus was traded to the Phillies from the Cubs in 1982 for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg.

I didn’t think that I had any Steve Carlton cards.  Now, I realize that I have two.  I should also mention that all five of these players were some of my favorites from that era.

Bake McBride!

Manny Trillo? Also a former Cub.

Now former or future Brewers from that era.

Look up Randy Lerch Tae Kwon Do

Look up Randy Lerch Tae Kwon Do

The team card is from 1978.  That must have been taken outside the stadium.  Check out the Leisure Suit on the guy in the second row.  I wonder how many times the photographer tried to get this picture.  Look at the photo taking no-nos:

Top Row: Guy in the middle turned to talk to the player on his left
Middle Row#1: Third player in from the left also turned to talk to the player on his left.
Middle Row #2: First player in from the right is doing something to his left ear with his right hand.
Middle Row #3: Second player in from the right is turned to see what the first player in from the right is doing.
Front Row: The batboy (?) on the far right is taking a look at everyone else in the front row.
Seated: Middle guy is covering his mouth.

Also, Another Jim Kaat card?  I must have one of him with every team he has worn a uniform.

Sparky Lyle, 1964 Fox Cities Fox.

Sparky Lyle, 1964 Fox Cities Fox.

The 1981 Phillies were the defending World Champs.  They won the first half before the strike, but lost in the Divisional round to the Montreal Expos.

Larry Bowa...In Action! at Wrigley Field.

Larry Bowa…In Action! at Wrigley Field.

I hated Mike Schmidt for what he would do to the Cubs on those games on WGN.  But, he’s a Hall of Famer now and one of the greatest third basemen in history.

Dayton's own!

Dayton’s own!

Meet my Wall of Tim McCarver.

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

Bats: Left; Throws: Right

If you look closely at the cap on the following card, you can tell that the cap was placed there through the 1978 equivalent to Photoshop.  Cardenal was with the Cubs in 1977, but was traded to the Phillies in October of 1977.  The original photo must have been him in a Cubs cap and there wasn’t enough time for them to get a new picture of him.

Oscar Gamble-esque!

The hair is Oscar Gamble-esque!  And it is Perfect!

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Kansas City Royals

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.

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

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.

Do you know who Pete LaCock's dad was?  He said,  "George Goebel for the block." a lot.

Do you know who Pete LaCock’s dad was? He said, “George Goebel for the block.” a lot.

All three of the following Kansas City players became major league managers.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

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.

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

All four of the players in the following panel have ties to the Brewers.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Amos Otis was a long-time Royal.  The card on the far left is 1974.  The card on the far right is 1983.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

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.

George Brett was really, really good.

George Brett was really, really good.

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 Royals double play combination from 197 -

5′-4″?

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?

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Baltimore Orioles

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!!!

Keiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

Kiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

A series of cards over three seasons of the same player.  Everyone remembers Tippy Martinez and Lee May, but Dave Skaggs?

Dave Skaggs?

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.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinnces in 1976.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinces in 1976.

Six seasons of Al Bumbry cards from 1975-1985.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

Would it have killed Topps or Fleer to do a Rick Dempsey card with him doing his Rain Delay Theater?

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

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.

Think that

They were right on ONE of the Future Stars they selected for that card.

This is my other 1974 Orioles card.  A member of the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960, Boog Powell.

Boog!

Boog!

Or, as it says on the back of that card, John Wesley Powell:

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Chicago White Sox

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.

Steve Trout could not find a comb for his photo shoot.

Steve Trout could not find a comb for his photo shoot.

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

Which was a better look for Britt Burns?

Which was a better look for Britt Burns?

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? 

With a name like Nordhagen...he's gotta be good!

With a name like Nordhagen…he’s gotta be good!

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.

I only know who two of these five players are.

I only know who two of these five players are.

In honor of Movember, I have included the leaders card to show off Dennis Lamp…Dennis Lamp.

I wonder what Bob Lemon thought when he saw those 1978 jerseys.

I wonder what Bob Lemon thought when he saw those 1978 jerseys.

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.

Carlton Fisk played more games with the White Sox than with the Red Sox. Blows my mind every time.

Carlton Fisk played more games with the White Sox than with the Red Sox. Blows my mind every time.

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.

These guys are great.

These guys are great.

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.

You can relax like this for your card when you are approaching 300 wins for your career.

You can relax like this for your card when you are approaching 300 wins for your career.

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…

One word, Goose.....Mustache!

One word, Goose…..Mustache!

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

Wild Card Wednesday – St. Louis Cardinals

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.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn't look correct.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn’t look correct.

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?

Again....Lou Brock's helmet!

Again….Lou Brock’s helmet!

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.

Now that I see them all laid out like that...That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

Now that I see them all laid out like that…That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

This would be a series of Cardinals players over a couple of seasons.  Jim Kaat became a TV broadcaster.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

Speaking of TV Broadcasters…This is the 1974 card of Tim McCarver on his second tour with St. Louis.

I wish Mc Carver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

I wish McCarver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

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.

 I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word. Are you listening?......"Matchbooks."

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?……”Matchbooks.”

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Wild Card Wednesday – Boston Red Sox

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.

Look at those leaders from 1981!

Nice to see Mike Torrez wearing a collared shirt for his photo!

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 appear to have a lot of Bill Lee cards from a lot of different teams.

Bill Lee thought he gave up Henry Aaron’s last homer.  Then, Aaron came back for one more year and would hit his final homer off Dick Drago.

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 world needs more Brohamers!

The world needs more Brohamers!

The shocking thing about the Dwight Evans cards are the lack of a mustache in 1978 and 1981.

Dwight Evans and Bob Stanley were teammates from 1977-1989

Dwight Evans and Bob Stanley were teammates from 1977-1989

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.

YAZ!

YAZ! Check out your sideburns in 1976! And what happened to them in by the ’82 Topps card?

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.

I want it to be the last one.

I want it to be the last one.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

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Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

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