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Friday, April 17, 2015

Position Players on Kellogg's Cards with the Least Career Hits

Cy Young appeared in the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time-Great Set.  He had 623 hits in his career in 918 games.  Young got 130 extra-base hits.  In modern times, Steve Carlton had 346 career hits.

Twenty different position players appeared on a Kellogg's card while amassing less career hits than pitcher Cy Young.  Six of those players had less hits than Steve Carlton.

Tom Poquette had 329 hits, playing in seven different years from 1973 to 1982.  He never played more than 106 games in a season.

Ed Goodson also managed 329 career hits.  He played from 1970 to 1977.  He never appeared in more than 102 games in a season.

Jose Laboy finished his career with 291 hits from 1969 to 1973.  In 1969 he finished second in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting to Ted Sizemore.  He hit 18 home runs, had 83 RBIs and batted .258.  He batted .199 the next year and never played full-time after 1970.

Billy Grabarkewitz had 274 career hits from 1969 to 1975.  In 1970 has had 17 home runs, 84 RBIs and batted .289.  He was an All-Star with 153 hits.  He never got in full-time after 1970.

Danny Walton's 174 hits don't even exceed Ichiro Suzuki's single-season record of 262 hits.  But Walton is runner-up in this category.  He played in the majors during nine different years from 1968 to 1980.  In 1970 he had 102 hits, hit 17 home runs, had 66 RBIs and batted .257 in only 117 games.  He never got more than 96 at-bats in any season after 1970.

Joe Charboneau is probably the most well-known name on this list for anyone born before 1970.  His three-year major league career ended with him having only 172 hits.  He played from 1980 to 1982, exploding onto the MLB scene as the Rookie-of-the-Year in 1980.  In that year he played only 131 games but still managed 131 hits, 23 home runs, 87 RBIs and a .289 batting average.  Joe had injuries and other incidents that limited him during his next two seasons.  His story will be continued some other time.  

Others who accumulated less hits than Cy Young

355 - Paul Dade
387 - Tim Cullen
391 - Ron Blomberg
401 - Wayne Nordhagen
475 - Jeff Newman
478 - Dick Dietz
533 - Ellie Rodriguez
550 - Danny Thompson
560 - Mitchell Page
578 - Bob Robertson
578 - Mario Guererro
597 - Tony Horton
600 - Steve Ontiveros
610 - Von Joshua

Of this list, only Bob Robertson appeared on more than one Kellogg's card.  He was in the 1971 and 1972 sets as a Pirate.  The Pirates won their division in 1970 and the World Series in 1971.  He had 27 and 26 HR in those two years.

Robertson, who played in parts of 11 seasons, accumulated 239 of his career hits in those two seasons.  That's over 41% of his hits in two seasons.


The following two barely passed Cy Young on the list of hits.  Bostock was expected to get lots more hits, but he was shot and killed about 20 minutes from my high school after playing against the White Sox.  He was a .311 hitter for his career.

624 - Lyman Bostock 624
628 - Lee Stanton 628

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