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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrating My 100th Post on Kellogg's Baseball Cards

For my 100th post I thought I'd check out some number 100s in baseball statistics.  I'm only looking at players who appeared on a Kellogg's card of course.  These numbers are quite meaningless, but I figured I might as well try something different today.

Bruce Bochte hit 100 career home runs.  In his best season of 1979 he had a career-high 100 RBIs and 16 HRs.  The card below is blurry, but 100 career home runs isn't enough for me to make a better attempt at a picture of this card.

Dwayne Murphy stole 100 bases.  Check his stats.  He got lots of walks which helped him to two seasons of 26 SBs.

Don Kessinger stole 100 bases.  Kessinger was caught 85 times so his percentage wasn't very good.  Son Keith played 11 games without attempting a stolen base.   Don was player-manager for the 1979 White Sox.  This included Disco Demolition Night when he locked the players in the clubhouse for their own safety.  He was the last AL player-manager and Tony LaRussa replaced him.   More about the last NL player-manager in the future.

Bobby Tolan was caught stealing 100 times.  After leading the league with 57 steals in 1970 he tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball and missed the entire 1971 season.   I'm guessing that the team's management wasn't too happy with him after the injury.  He finished with 193 SBs.  He had 7 steals in 10 attempts in the post-season.

Paul Molitor and Dan Driessen both were walked intentionally 100 times.  That's not a surprise for Molitor since he played 21 years.  The reason for Driessen to get walked intentionally so often isn't obvious since the Red had plenty of hitters in the lineup.

Ted Simmons had 100 sacrifice flys.  This makes sense since he didn't strike out a lot.

Ron Hunt and Marty Perez both grounded into 100 double plays.  Perez stole 11 bases in 10 years, so his running probably was a factor in the double plays.  

Clyde Wright and Randy Jones won 100 games.  I was surprised to see that Jones only won 100 games.   He was really good when I was a kid.  Jones had W-L records of 8-22 in 1974, 20-12 in 1975 and 22-14 in 1976.  He won the Cy Young Award in the third year after being runner-up the previous year.  The 1974 team only won 60 games.   Jones was great the next two years when his team won 71 and 73 games.  

Dennis Eckersley threw 100 complete games.  Those of you who knew him as a relief pitcher might be surprised to see this.  He started 361 games from 1975 - 1987 and none from some point in 1987 to the end of his career in 1998.  He had 3 saves from 1975 - 1986 and 387 from 1987 to 1998.

1 comment:

  1. The Reds sure were represented well by Kellogg's. I guess that makes sense....I think I had 458 Dan Driessen 1981 Topps cards....all of them which came from the individually wrapped packs...