Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Thursday, May 14, 2015

These Players Didn't Get on Kellogg's Baseball Cards by Being Pitchers. Well Maybe One Player Did

Baseball-Reference.com and the Lahman databases are fun to analyze.  I compared the list of Kellogg's cards to these databases to find position players with a Kellogg's card who also ended up pitching at some point.

Most of these were probably in lopsided games, but I was surprised how many players were on this list.  There are certainly many more players who have done this, I remember Larry Biittner doing this, but I'm specifically looking at those who appeared on a Kellogg's card.

For the old timers, Ty Cobb pitched 5 innings in his career and even earned a save.  Saves weren't a stat until 1969, but they have awarded them by looking back at box scores.



Everyone knows that Babe Ruth was a star pitcher winning 20+ games twice.  Honus Wagner pitched 8 innings, Tris Speaker pitched one inning and George Sisler pitched a lot (5-6 record with 3 saves; 24 starts and 9 complete games over 14 years).  That didn't surprise me since the game was different in those times.  


I wish one of the two Babe Ruth cards in the Kellogg's set showed him as a pitcher.




I remember Dave Kingman (4 Innings Pitched) and Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar  (1 IP when they played all nine positions in a game), but I can't remember these others.



Tovar was the second player to play all nine positions in a game, accomplishing this in 1968 near the end of the season.




Campaneris accomplished this feat in 1965, long before he was winning rings with the 1970s A's.  I like to provide useless information in this blog so I might as well continue.  Bert is the cousin of one of my favorite Cubs - Jose Cardenal.




Here are the others who found time to pitch - Sal Bando 3 IP, Matty Alou 2 IP, Jim Hickman 2 IP, Cookie Rojas 1 IP, Greg Gross 1.2 IP, Bob Bailor 2.1 IP, Craig Reynolds 2 IP, Wayne Nordhagen 2 IP, Jeff Newman 1 IP, Dave Concepcion 1.1 IP.


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