Saturday, July 15, 2017
1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #34 - 36
Time to check out three more card backs. I could say that I'm having a problem loading pictures, but the truth is I'm just having a busy week. I will try to find these cards tomorrow.
#36 - Joe Morgan
Morgan had career highs in many areas. He added 67 steals to trail Lou Brock by only three. He now has 320 for his career.
Not on the card - he exceeded his home run and RBI totals a few years later. He was NL MVP in 1975 and 1976.
Not on the card - I didn't realize that he had 689 career steals. He played 22 years and he amassed over 300 of those steals in his last 11 years. Not many guys have been that consistent. I would have never guessed that he is 11th all time in stolen bases.
#35 - Danny Thompson
I didn't know that Thompson had leukemia. To add to his woes, he had arm troubles too. He was the number one choice of the Twins in 1968.
Not on the card - he was just diagnosed with leukemia during 1973 so the news on the card was new. He played until the end of the 1976 season. He died two months after the 1976 season due to complications from surgery for his leukemia.
#34 - Wilbur Wood
In 1973 Wood became the first pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1916 to win and lose 20 or more games in a season.
He pitched 359 innings in 49 games (48 starts), leading the league in innings for the second year in a row. His W-L record was 24-20 with 21 complete games.
Walter Johnson's stats in 1916 - W-L 25-20, 38 starts plus 10 relief appearances, 36 complete games and 369 innings.
Kellogg's calls him a "pudgy lefthander" even though he's listed at 6-0 and 185 pounds.
Not on the card - Kellogg's can also call me a pudgy lefthander.