Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shortest Players on a Kellogg's Baseball Card

On this day in 1961 Eddie Gaedel died.  He was known for being a pinch-hitter on Bill Veeck's team in 1951.  The pitcher who walked him, Bob Cain of the Tigers, was the only MLB person to attend his funeral.  Gaedel was listed as 3'7" tall.

Veeck was well loved in Chicago from his ownership days to his days of hanging out at Wrigley Field.  There are many stories about Mr. Veeck.   Maybe I can work others into future posts.

Freddie Patek 77 79 was the shortest at 5'5".  He probably didn't mind the smaller cards in 1979.  He managed to hit 41 home runs in 14 seasons.  You know that someone is lacking power when they have more triples (55) than home runs.

Joe Morgan found his way onto six Kellogg's cards.  At 5'7" he was still a slugger.  I didn't like him as a player and he's not one of my favorite announcers either.  He did know how to win.  His statistics aren't amazing, but the guy is 5th all-time in walks and 11th in stolen bases with 689.  That certainly translates to winning.

Yogi Berra is included in the 1991 Kellogg's All-Star set.  At 5'7", I decided to add him to this list so that I could remember to work his Yogi-isms into future posts.

John McGraw, the manager on the 1972 Kellogg's All-Time Greats set also was 5'7".  His career went from 1891 to 1932.  He managed for 33 years.  I didn't realize he played in over 1,000 games and had a career average of .334.

Fred Norman had a career record of 104-103.  At 5'8", he managed to get into the 1977 set by going 12-7 in 1976.

Tim Raines came into the league as Kellogg's cards were ending their run.  The 5'8" speedster had a long and successful career.  His Hall-of-Fame chances are hard for me to figure out.

There were a lot of players listed at 5'9" so that's enough for this post.

In a future post I will find out the tallest players to appear on a Kellogg's baseball card.

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