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Friday, October 19, 2018

So Much for Not Being Busy

Marathon - done.  Hosting the conference cross country meet - done.  Time on my hands?  On my way home from the meet I am told that we have no heat at home.  My lame attempts at analyzing the situation lasts about 30 minutes.

Six days later we are still without heat.  But, I've certainly spent way too much of my time getting estimates for our old system and learning about the different brands and companies.  Oh, and I went to school and coached after school each day.

I hope to get back to the 1978 Kellogg's set tomorrow.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Getting My New Macbook Back to Where It Was

I still didn't find my backup hard drive so that I can get some of my checklists for Kellogg's and Sportscaster cards back on the Macbook.  At least I finally got the baseball database loaded again.  One problem - I added a table on the database to link all of the Kellogg's cards to the baseball data for every player.  I need my backup for that. 

My checklist hasn't changed recently since I've not been purchasing anything.  I haven't gone to flea markets much this year due to marathon training on the weekends and the card shows don't exist much.  Online I haven't seen much to buy, plus once it comes to getting a duplicate I am not willing to pay much.

My favorite purchases are large lots that I can dig though, but I haven't seen anything like that in a long time. 


In the 1970s we'd get mis-cut Topps cards all of the time.  I don't see many Kellogg's cards like that.  I'd like to get some of these, especially for some of my favorites - Cubs, Gehrig, 1773, 1974, 1976. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #37 - 39

So, I survived the marathon only to get caught up in two other big things this week - hosting our conference cross country meet and having two days of parent-teacher conferences.  Luckily, I teach at a competitive school so the conferences weren't bad at all.

As for the meet, that took up lots of my waking hours this week since the actual course is 35 miles from my school.  For the first time in four years our team won, so that made the lack of sleep this week a bit easier to tolerate. 

Back to the countdown.

#39 - Bob Bailor


He was a rookie, he hit .310 and he was a Blue Jay.  I guess that made him a good choice since no Blue Jay exceeded 19 homers or 64 RBIs.  No pitcher exceeded 13 wins or eight saves.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that the team won only 54 games.  

Lots of professional athletes were stars in other high school sports.  Bob was an all-state basketball player - you don't see a lot of 5-10 guys doing that today.  



#38 - Alan Bannister




Bannister had the same career as Bailor.  Maybe they are twins separated at birth.  Both were #1 draft picks too.

                     years      G      AB     H    AVG  HR  SB
Bailor           75-85   954   2937   775   .264   09   90
Bannister      74-85   972   3007   811   .270   19  108

I think Bannister had a great start in 1977, which got him a card in 1978.  It also helped that the stars of the 1977 Southside Hit Men, Oscar Gamble and Richie Zisk, were gone from the White Sox after 1977.  

He got to the White Sox in a trade that sent Jim Kaat to the Phillies.  

Kellogg's mentioned that Bannister didn't have any power.  19 homers in 3007 at-bats in his career proved Kellogg's to be correct.  

Jim Kaat came up in a trivia question that I got partially correct recently.  I had to come up with a batter from the 1930s who faced a pitcher while that same pitcher faced a second hitter who played past the year 2000.  I didn't get Kaat without looking at a baseball database, but without using the computer I came up with a combination of three players that went from 1940 to 2007.  I had the other two players that combined with Kaat in this odd trio.  Any ideas?



#37 - Ralph Garr



This set certainly has some interesting choices for Chicago players.  The Road Runner was fun to watch.  At this point in his career his career average was .313.  

Not on the card - he finished his career with an average of .306.   He hit .307 during the 1970s.  Can you name the other five players who hit over .300 during the 1970s with at least 4,000 at-bats?  I made up that number to rule guys out who started in 1975.  

He won an NL batting title.  He attending "football famous" Grambling.




Monday, October 8, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #40 - 42

Today is a day where I expect to sit a lot.  Maybe I will do today's post and one for tomorrow.  The rain in the marathon really got to me yesterday.  I like the rain, but once my shoes got wet and no longer had any useful cushioning, my back, feet and ankles got sure. 

I kept going because I know my team would give me a hassle if I didn't and I knew that even with the last four miles being really slow I'd still hit the Boston Marathon qualifying time.  Too bad I have no interest in running another paved marathon.  I still to trails for anything longer than 13.1 miles, if I am even ever going to race that far again.

Back to the cards.

#42 - Burt Hooton. 



At least Kellogg's got his name correct.  Hostess had a tough time with that. 

Wow, only 102 innings in the minors.  And 35-3 with a 1.14 ERA in college.

I didn't know that Tommy Lasorda saw him pitch in winter ball and then got the Dodgers to trade for him. 

Not on the card - The Cubs got Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn.   Solomon lasted just over two months and six innings while Zahn played the remainder of the 1975 season and all of 1976 with the Cubs before they released him.  Zahn played nine more years, eight as a regular in the starting rotation.  He even got a 1979 Kellogg's card.

Not on the card - a good choice for inclusion in the set this year.  He finished second to Gaylord Perry in the Cy Young voting in 1978.




#41 - Cecil Cooper



I had forgotten that Cooper played with the Red Sox at the start of his career.  I need to look at my 1970's Topps card more often.  He finished his career with 11 seasons in Milwaukee - AL.

That was quite a big trade with Boston - Cooper for Bernie Carbo and George Scott in  December of 1976.   That didn't make sense since I knew Carbo was in the 1975 World Series with the Red Sox.  Carbo was traded to Milwaukee in June of 1976 - something I certainly didn't remember.  I do remember Scott being on the Brewers and Red Sox.  Scott also had previous been traded to the Brewers from the Red Sox.

Cooper hit .311 for the 1975 Red Sox.  I would not have been able to place him on that team.  That shows how much less I knew about the American League.

He had his best season in 1977.  More was to come - he got MVP votes every year from 1979 - 1983 and he led the league in RBIs twice.




#40 - Reggie Jackson



A great write-up.  He had just hit three homers in a World Series game to tie Babe Ruth's record.

Not on the card - he hit five homers in the six game to win World Series MVP, which he also won in 1973 with the A's.  

The Reggie Bar debuted in 1978.  Reggie had said "if I played in New York they'd name a candy bar after me".

Other quote by Catfish Hunter about the Reggie bar - 

"When you open it, it tells you how good it is".






Friday, October 5, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #43 - 45

Sorry for the lazy pictures, but things in Chicago are quite intense this week.  Working at a school near downtown and running the marathon this weekend have put quite a wrench into my boring teach, coach, train, blog life. 

Here are the next three cards in the set.  Maybe the last few were boring because they ran out of time.  Let's hope that the text get better as we move toward #1.  Oh, I sounded too much like Casey Kasem there.  Today's long distance dedication (26.2 miles) goes out to all of those friends, alums and kids on my team who promised to cheer for me this weekend.  Nah, back to the cards.

#45 - Rick Reuschel


So, we just took 50 pictures of Rick.  Let's pick the best one for his baseball card.  How about this one where his eyes are closed and it looks like Rennie Stennett is up again.

He had double-digit wins with the Cubs for his first six seasons including 20 wins in 1977.  A nice way to start a career.  

Not on the card - he pitched until 1991 and he had 17 wins in 1989.   He had 214 career wins.  Not many people would guess that he had over 150 wins.

His younger brother Paul was a Cub for the last three seasons.

Not on the card - Paul.  He didn't get a Kellogg's card since he had 198 less than wins than Rick.  Oddly, Paul pitched in 198 career games.  

Not on the card - the brothers combined to pitch a shut-out, something that hadn't been done before.  I don't think it has been done since either.  They had Big League Brothers card that didn't mention the shutout.  They are also prominently listed on the back of Rennie Stennett's 1976 Record Breaker card.  Stennett went 7-for-7 against the Cubs.  Rick gave up his first hit and Paul gave up the seventh one.



#44 - Steve Ontiveros





Another Cub from my youth.  His hobby was working with youth, but that didn't include me or anyone that I knew.  

He had a nice first season with the Cubs, hitting .299.  

I was almost over the fact that the Cubs traded Bill Madlock until I read about it again here.  They got Bobby Murcer and Ontiveros.  Madlock did win two more batting titles after winning two with the Cubs.  

Searching baseball-reference.com didn't even first bring up this Steve Ontiveros.  The other Steve only had a 34-31 record but he shows up by default.

This Steve Ontiveros only played until the age of 28.  I forgot that he went to Japan for six years where he was a star player. 



#43 - Sparky Lyle


Photography is a great hobby for a closer.  They've got plenty of free time.  

I would never have guessed that he was the first AL relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.  As of 1977 he had the career lead in saves with 165.  621 games and none as a starter.  I think I mentioned that on one of his other cards.  

There wasn't much room for other information on the card.  Here are a few things.  

Lyle's Cy Young was in 1977.  That didn't stop the Yankees from signing Rich Gossage to be their closer.  In 1978 Lyle only had nine saves and Gossage had 27.  Lyle was traded after the season ended.



Monday, October 1, 2018

What Year is This Kellogg's Factory Set?

This was given to me recently and I haven't  compared it to my other factory sets.  This is just a quiz for you.  You need not submit an answer.  I will check it out when I get time next week.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #46 - 48

I really like that this set has lots of text and very little blank space.  Problem - so far the text has been really boring.  I hope there is some better writing ahead.

#48 - Bruce Sutter


One of my favorite Kellogg's cards.  When Sutter became a closer for the Cubs, things were good.  One problem - the Cubs weren't good enough to make the playoffs anyway.  The 2018 team could use someone like Sutter.

Oddly, the card doesn't even have the save stats on there.  

I've always been a Cub fan, but I never heard anyone call them the "Little Bears" like Kellogg's did.  

This card is more interesting.  Sutter discovered the fork ball after arm surgery in 1972.  Fred Martin, a Cub instructor, taught him the pitch.  Here is what Wikipedia says about Sutter and the split-finger fastball - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-finger_fastball.

He led the team with six saves in 1976.  Really?

Not on the card - baseball-reference.com shows Sutter with 10 saves in 1976.  I guess Kellogg's was wrong.  



#47 - Mitchell Page




Kellogg's would take chances with some younger players.  Page hit .307 as a rookie in 1977.  He stole 42 bases and had 75 RBIs.

Kellogg's really dissed the A's calling them a "tail-end team" and calling Page "one of the few bright spots".

Not on the card - the A's won 91 games in 1976 and then only 65 games in 1977.  

Not on the card - he was runner up to Eddie Murray in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Not on the card - he only played eight seasons.  In only his first four seasons did he get into more than 57 games.  




#46 - Lyman Bostock




Three seasons and a .318 average.  Wow, this guy was quite the hitter.   And he had Maury Wills helping him with base running. 

His father played in the Negro Leagues.  He signed with the Angels late in 1977 - the Angels logo is shown on the back of the card.

Not on the card - he hit .296 in 1978 to drop his career average to .311.  In the last week of the 1978 season after a game against the White Sox in Chicago, he was shot and killed in one of his childhood hometowns -  Gary, Indiana.  I remember reading the story in the paper before doing my paper route that day.