Kellogg's Baseball Cards will be the primary emphasis of this blog. I will also talk about 3-D football, basketball and hockey cards and other related cards. Kelloggs (or Kellogs) cards have been an interest of mine since my days munching on Frosted Flakes.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
1974 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #37 - 39
Back for more before the All-Star Game begins.
#39 - Bobby Bonds
Bonds mentioned singing and dancing as his hobbies. That's great.
His first career hit was a grand slam homer.
He still strikes out too much but he hit 39 homers in 1973. I like the mention of being out of the shadow of Willie Mays since Mays moved on to the Mets.
Not on the card - he never hit 39 homers again, but he did hit 332 in his career. He didn't cure the tendency to strike out - he is 20th all-time in that category.
#38 - Pete Rose
Pete won his third batting title and was named MVP in 1973. He is one of baseball's few .300 career hitters.
Not on the card - that was his last batting title. He did hit over .320 three more times but none of those resulted in a batting title. He lost out in those years to Keith Hernandez once and Bill Madlock twice.
Not on the card - Rose earned MVP votes in 15 different seasons including every year but one from 1965 to 1979. In 1974 he led the league in runs and doubles but hit only .284. 26 guys got MVP votes that year including four Reds, but not Rose.
#37 - Willie Stargell
Stargell surpassed 300 homers and 1,000 RBIs in 1973. He narrowly missed winning MVP honors.
Not on the card - Rose won his only MVP award. Rose had 12 first-place votes to Stargell's 10. Bonds and Joe Morgan each had one vote. Nice - the top three finishers together in this post.
Not on the card - Stargell received MVP votes in 11 seasons. He won the award in 1979.