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Saturday, December 1, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #10 - 12

Back for the next three cards in the 1978 set.  There have been some nice card backs in this set so I hope the trend continues.

#12 - Dan Meyer

Meyer mentions handball as a hobby.  I don't remember seeing that on any other cards so far.  He had a solid year with the Mariners after being selected in the Expansion Draft.  

He was signed as a second baseman but he also played first base and left field.  

Not on the card - I would never have pictured him playing second base.  In his career he played in 952 games in the field (including DH).  He played 1B, 3B, LF, RF, CF and DH but he never played any games at 2B.  

#11 - Dave Winfield

How are those hobbies - art, fashion and reading?  I will need to check his other cards to see what he mentioned.  He listed the same ones in 1977 and two of them in 1980.

He is a star who never played in the minors.  He had lots of career bests and led the Padres in almost anything.

Winfield was a basketball and baseball star at the University of Minnesota.  I didn't know that he was also a star pitcher with a 13-2 record.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), the Padres (MLB), the Utah Stars (ABA) and the Minnesota Vikings (NFL).  

#10 - George Foster

Foster is celebrating his 70th birthday today.  I wonder if he will play any records?

In 1977 Foster became the first player since Willie Mays in 1965 to get 50+ homers.  His RBI total of 149 was the most since Tommy Davis had 153 in 1962.  

He was traded from the Giants to the Reds.  

Not on the card - that trade in 1971 was for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert.  The Reds got 11 seasons, mostly amazing out of Foster.  Duffy lasted until the end of that season and ended up in another bad Giants trade where they got Sam McDowell for Duffy and Gaylord Perry.  Geishert only played in the majors in 1969.  

Kellogg's said that "Foster finally convinced the Reds he was the answer to their lingering left field problem."  What does that mean?  He did play some of each outfield position for a few years, but in 1977 he played 143 of his 158 games in left field.

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