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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kellogg's Cereal Box Dream #11 - The Cubs Were Certainly Mad More Than Once

After placing third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1974 and winning the batting title in 1975, it looked like Bill Madlock would have an amazing career with the Cubs.  Getting this card out of a cereal box was exciting back in 1976.

Madlock added another batting title in 1976.  I'm not going to look it up, but if I recall correctly from reading the newspapers before delivering them, Madlock was asking the Cubs for more money.   The Cubs didn't like that so they traded him for Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveros, two guys who also got on Kellogg's cards.  I was not happy about that one, especially when they gave Murcer the money that Madlock requested.

Murcer was a good player from 1971-1975, but he never was as good as a Cub.  Where have you heard that before?  Ontiveros joined the long list of third basemen that followed Ron Santo.

Back to Madlock.  Since I was a kid I remember him as a Cub.  He only spent three seasons with the Cubs.  He also spent there years with the Giants and the Dodgers.   He was a Pirate for seven years, winning two more batting titles with them in 1981 and 1983.

Only nine players in MLB history have won more than four batting titles - Cobb (12 so far), Gwynn, Wagner, Carew, Hornsby, Musial, Williams, Boggs and Dan Brouthers.  Brett, Rose and Yastrzemski only won three.   He's in company with guys who need only be mentioned by last name.

1976 Kellogg's Bill Madlock #20

1976 Cereal Box rating -- 9    comment --   Great to get one of my favorite Cubs.  He's having                                                                              another great season.  It was great that he was the                                                                             All-Star game Co-MVP in 1975.      

2015 Rating                    -- 6    comment --     For a guy with a .305 career average and just over                                                                              2,000 career hits, he's quite forgotten.  He played                                                                                for too many teams.     


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