Kelloggs Cards

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1983 Kellogg's Card Backs #46 - 54. Whitey Herzog Actually Said That?

Continuing backward through the set nine cards at a time.  Card backs are not written like this anymore.  These are great.

#54 - Bob Horner

He's averaged a homer every three games during his first five years.  That is noted as being similar to Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams.  At age 25, he's averaged 27 homers per years while playing in only 110 games per season.

Not on the card - he only played five more years and he finished with 218 career homers.

#53 - Kent Hrbek

Lots of text since he only played in 1981 and 1982.  In 1981 he invited his Class A-level teammates to his apartment for spaghetti and beer and to watch the MLB All-Star Game.  A year later he was an all-star for the Twins.  His only rookie year disappoint was losing a close race to Cal Ripken for the Rookie of the Year Award.  Home towns are not listed but it mentions that he great up a few miles from where the Twins play their home games.

I doubt the beer comment would be listed today.  When was the last time something like this appeared on a baseball card of any type?

Not on the card - confirms he's from Minnesota.  Wade Boggs was third in the ROY voting that year.

#52 - Dale Murphy

In only his third year as an outfielder he won a Gold Glove.  He was the team's first MVP since Hank Aaron.

Not on the card - he repeated as MVP in 1983.

#51 - Fred Lynn

He became the first player from a losing team to win the MVP in the ALCS.  He was 11-for-19.

#50 - Greg Luzinski

He was a big contributor to the Phillies 1980 World Series title, their first team title.

Not on the card - it wasn't uncommon for someone to play their last game at age 33 back then.  I didn't realize that about him.  Today's players keep going since the money and conditioning are so different than 1984 when Luzinski retired. I'd also forgotten that he's from the Chicago area.

#49 - Keith Hernandez

"During his first four full seasons in the majors, the name Keith Hernandez probably would have been linked with mediocrity in a word-association game."  That was the first line in his bio.  Really.  That changed for the 42nd round draft pick in the last few years.  GM Whitey Herzog insists every year at the winter meetings that Hernandez is untouchable.

Not on the card - I don't know when this card reached someone's hands, but Hernandez was traded on June 15th, 1983 to the Mets for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey, whose name I don't recognize.  Allen is also in the 1983 Kellogg's set.

#48 - Jack Clark

Clark was criticized by team management for his slow start in 1982.  He pitched five games in the minors which resulted in an ERA of 6.00.  The card states that the Giants were happy that he never pitched again.  Nice.

#47 - Greg Minton

He bounced back and forth between the majors and minors until suddenly he started getting everyone out.

#46 - Gorman Thomas

His hobbies are drag racing and rock music.  I didn't find out anything else about these hobbies of his.
Not on the card - he was traded after the 1983 season to the Mariners.

Four guys from this group listed fishing as a hobby.

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