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Saturday, June 17, 2017

1973 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #16 -18

Finally, back to finishing off the 1973 Kellogg's card back discussion.  It took me some time to get going on this.  Lots of stuff getting in my way.

#18 - Ray Fosse

Kellogg's somehow knew that even though Fosse had an off year at the plate, other teams were interested in trading for him.  

His signing bonus included tuition at Southern Illinois University.  He has played catcher since his Little League days in Marion, Illlinois.

He resisted signing with Bear Bryant and Alabama for football.

Not on the card - Fosse, the pride of Marion, Illinois, had his career derailed by Pete Rose's hard slide in the 1970 All-Star Game.  I didn't know that Fosse was from Marion until reading the back of this card today.  Marion is known for its prison.  Fosse fans in the area probably found it fitting that one of Marion's most well-known inmates was (did you guess this?) Pete Rose.

Not on the card - He was traded to Oakland on March 24, 1973.  I guess there never was an update to this card but I will check.

#17 - Jim Palmer

Palmer was the starting pitcher in the 1970 All Star Game mentioned above.  

He recovered from major shoulder issues to resurrect his career.  

He threw a World Series shutout at age 20.  

Lots more could be said, but he was a regular in Kellogg's sets anyway.

#16 - Nolan Ryan

Ryan wasn't in the 1970 All Star Game because he didn't make the team until his sixth season.  

"Nolan's pitching was about all the Angels had to boast about last season."  That sums up a lot of the teams he played on.  

He led the league in strikeouts (329), walks (157) and wild pitches (18).  Ryan is the career leader in all three categories.    

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