Sunday, January 8, 2017
1970 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #22 - 24
#24 Mike Epstein
He hit 30 home runs, but the card talks about how he set a few fielding marks and he twice won minor league MVP honors.
Not on the card - When players split a season between two teams like Epstein did in 1967 I liked to read about the trade on the card since I didn't have baseball-reference.com as a kid in the 1970s. It wasn't the previous year, but since this was Kellogg's first year I would have liked to have seen mention of the trade.
#23 Joe Horlen
He signed Joe on the front. Wikipedia says that he is referred to as Joel and Joe almost equally. I knew him as Joel from his baseball cards.
Golf and hunting don't seem to be compatible hobbies. I can't picture the guys that I caddied for going hunting in the winter. He threw a no-hitter for the White Sox. I thought he played on a few other teams but he was on the White Sox for 11 years.
Not on the card - He only played until 1972. His last game is listed as 10/04/1972 because they don't count post-season games. He was on the A's that year when they won the World Series. He pitched in game six which the A's lost. The last two batters he faced in his career were Pete Rose and Joe Morgan and he retired both of them.
He was runner-up in Cy Young voting in 1967 to Jim Lonborg. The stats would seem to have favored Horlen, but Lonborg's team was stronger.
#22 Luis Aparicio
He led the league in stolen bases in nine consecutive seasons. As I've mentioned before, that stat isn't even on these cards.
Not on the card - he led the league in steals his first nine years. The first year he only had 21 steals but he led the league. 1956 was a different time in baseball.
He won nine Gold Gloves and was a 10-time all-star. Nine times he received MVP votes.