Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Monday, June 19, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #10 - 18

Back for three more cards from the 1973 Kellogg's baseball card set.

#12 - Jon Matlack

My first memory is Matlack and Bill Madlock sharing the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1975.

He was "one of the few pleasant experiences the Mets enjoyed last year".  Not a good season for the Mets - I liked that.

Not on the card - he finished his 13-year career with a 125-126 record.  He never reached the All-Star Game again after 1975.

He finished 8-8 against the Cubs.  That's just about right based on his career totals

#11 - Steve Blass

Blass liked skiing and reading.  He became a "national celebrity following Pitt's 1971 World Series victory".  We all certainly knew who he was at this point.  

Not on the card - this is the most difficult common 1973 card for me to find.  

Blass was 103-76 in his career including a 13-11 record against the Cubs.

#10 Billy Williams

Williams was my favorite player when I was a kid.  I've already mentioned a lot about him so let's see how he performed against Matlack and Blass.

He had no homers and no RBIs against Matlack in 25 plate appearances.  The batting average was also only .212.    

He had 87 plate appearances against Blass.  He had seven homers and 14 RBIs while batting .313.

Why the difference?  Matlack threw lefty and Blass threw righty.  Blass faced Williams throughout most of his career whereas Matlack didn't deal with him until the 1970s.  

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