Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #31 - 33

Time for another adventure with Kellogg's baseball card backs.  Will there be any "pudgy" guys this time?

This group has two former Cubs and one former White Sox player.  Getting Cubs autographs after a game was fun.  We weren't allowed to stay around after White Sox games since we parked in the neighborhood to save money.  I remember being scared to walk under the leaky train viaduct from the park.

#33 - Dick Allen

Allen broke his leg during the 1973 season so he only played in 72 games after being the 1972 AL MVP.  He still hit .300 for the sixth time.  I didn't realize he'd done that or that he had a .299 career average at this point.

His injury "erased the White Sox pennant hopes".

Not on the card - they remained erased until 2005.

Not on the card - he ended up with a career average of .292.

#32 - Billy Williams

He keeps rolling along toward Cooperstown.

Not on the card - he is not mentioned as the 1972 NL MVP.  Why?  Somehow he finished second to Johnny Bench again (1970).  I recall that this really bothered in 1972.

Williams only played 150 games in 1972.  He could have used the extra games to pad his stats.  I say only because his lowest number since 1961 was 157.  He played 1,117 consecutive games at one point.  

#31 - Ken Holtzman

He threw two no-hitters as a Cub.  After being traded to the A's he won 40 games in his first two seasons and also earned post-season wins.

Not on the card - he ended up 6-4 in the post-season while earning three World Series rings.

Not on the card - he had only two homers in 665 career plate appearances but he homered in the 1974 World Series.  Since the DH began in 1973, he had no regular season or playoff at bats in 1974 and he had one AB in 1973 - he walked.

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