Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Thursday, January 5, 2017

1970 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #01 - 03

Here are the first three cards of the first Kellogg's baseball card set.  How did Kranepool end up (a) in the set and (b) as the first card?  He's a one-time all-star (somehow) who never received an MVP vote who also didn't have a great year in 1969.  Guess who doesn't like the 1969 Mets?

#03 - Cleon Jones

I like that it mentions that he was leading the batting race several times during the season. It mentions that he finished third.

Not on the card -  Rose (.348) and Clemente (.345) finished ahead of Jones.  If only four or five of hit outs fell for hits during the entire season he'd have won the batting title.

#02 - Pete Rose

I don't think I've seen Bats: Right and Left.  Usually it just says both.  Two batting championships in a row for Pete.

#01 - Ed Kranepool

A local kid on the Mets.  Others listed their hobbies as sports but Ed listed Athletics.

IT"S A FACT - in 1934 the majors had 10 playing managers.

Not on the card.  There were only 16 teams in 1934 so that's a lot of player managers.  The list included Rogers Hornsby, Bill Terry, Joe Cronin, Frankie Frisch, Mickey Cochrane and Pie Traynor.  Since 1954 there have only been nine player managers.

Those nine in 62 years included Joe Torre (18 days; 2 at-bats) and Harry Walker (hadn't played in four years; batted 14 times).

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