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Monday, April 10, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs - #49 - 51

Three more for today from the 1973 Kellogg's set.

#51 - Rod Carew

I never heard that the Twins signed Cares "right under the Yankees' nose in 1964".  That was just before the first draft, in 1965.  He was the first AL batting champ to not hit a homer.  

I was too young to remember that he had torn ligaments in 1970 that shortened his season to 51 games.  

Even as an all-star in his first six seasons, Carew played in the Venezuelan winter league.

Not on the card - I think Carew is the only player with a Kellogg's card who is mentioned in Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song.

Not on the card - he kept the all-star streak alive for his first 18 seasons.  He didn't get named to the team in his last season - his 19th.

#50 - Steve Kline

Kline enjoys fishing.  He is seeking a math degree in the off-season.

There are two references to Mel Stottlemyre on the card.  There are also multiple references to Kline being a key pitcher for the Yankees.

Not on the card - He was traded in 1974 to the Indians.  The Yankees got Chris Chambliss and Dick Tidrow.

#49 - Claude Osteen

Another golfer.  He won 20 games for the second time.  The card calls him "one of baseball's most dependable lefthanders".

Not on the card - he averaged over 37 starts a season over the last 10 years.  That's certainly dependable.  Osteen had 371 starts during that time, more than anyone in baseball.  Mickey Lolich had 368 and Gaylord Perry had 353.   

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