Kelloggs Cards

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

1976 Kellogg's Card Backs - Card Numbers 25 - 27

Back to the 1976 set.  Here is a summary of the backs of the next three cards.

#25 - Jim Kaat

Not much space to write here since Kaat broke into MLB in 1959.  

"Jim, like fine wine, gets better with age.  He's the winningest active pitcher in the majors."

That's a good thing to put on the card.

Not on the card - he won 16 Gold Glove Awards.

Not on the card - in his best season (1966) he led the AL in wins (25), starts (41) and complete games (19) he got no Cy Young Award votes.  From 1955 - 1966 there was just one MLB Cy Young Award and this happened to go to Sandy Koufax in a unanimous vote.  Kaat had his great season a year too early.  

Cy Young Award voting rules have changed over time.  I need to learn more about that.

#26 - Marty Perez

The only other Perez with a Kellogg's card is Tony.  There is no way one would confused these two since Tony was a big star in the 1970s.  Tony didn't even appear in this set, but Marty is still known on the front as M. Perez.

He is a "slender Californian".  From watching TV in the 1970s I thought that described everyone in California.

I liked the years when player heights were precise - 5-10 1/2.  Does that matter?

Not on the card - he was still growing. lists him as 5-11.

Not on the card - he was traded in June.  I wonder is his cards were still in cereal boxes at that point.

#27 - Bob Watson

Not much to say on the card.  He led the team in HRs and RBIs and the team was horrible.  I like the mention of "Houston's long-suffering fans".

Not on the card - I still remember Watson scoring the one millionth run in MLB history.  Here is a nice story about that - More to the Millionth Run Story.  That would have been better to mention on the card.

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