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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Total number of cards
Mets - 34
Royals - 39
Number of Hall of Famers
Mets - 1 Seaver
Royals - 1 Brett
Number of Seavers as a Met - 7
Number of Bretts - 7
Number of Different Mets - 18
Number of Different Royals - 18
Number of my kids named after a Met - none. NO, NEVER, NO.
Number of my kids named after a Royal - 1.
The count is close, but the Royals have the advantage.
Friday, October 30, 2015
I remember him most as the guy who got injured allowing Kevin Bell to hit an inside-the-park grand slam for the White Sox sometime in the mid-1970s.
He played for the Royals in the ALCS in 1976, 1977 and 1978. The Royals didn't win a series in any of those years.
Chris Chambliss crushed the Royals hopes in 1976 with a walk-off homer in Game 5. George Brett had tied the game in the eighth inning with a homer.
In 1977 the Yankees beat the Royals in Game 5 in Kansas City. The Yankees were down 3-2 going into the ninth inning. They crushed the dreams of Royals fans again by scoring three times in the ninth inning. Mickey Rivers drove in the tying run with a hit, then Willie Randolph knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. The last run scored when George Brett committed a throwing error.
In 1978 it took the Yankees only four games to win the series. The Yankees only managed two runs on four hits but that was enough for Ron Guidry to win 2-1.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Even more interesting, the Cy Young Award didn't even exist before 1956. So here is a list of pitchers who never won a Cy Young Award.
How about the pitchers with the five most career wins - Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Pete Alexander, Christy Mathewson and Pud Galvin.
Warren Spahn led the league in wins eight times, but won only one award.
So when people are giving Maddux, Clemens, Randy Johnson and all of the others credit for all of the Cy Young Awards, remember that the rules are quite different today.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sure Brett could have been injured when he went berserk and charged out of the dugout in the pine tar game. I'm also not talking about him becoming one of the most famous people with hemorrhoids.
Brett got injured running from the kitchen to the TV. What was his hurry? He wanted to see Bill Buckner bat. Why? In 1983 Buckner was a Cub who had already had seven seasons with an average about .300. He played until 1990 without hitting .300 again. He had 2,715 career hits, which is more than many Hall of Famers, but unfortunately he's not known for any of those hits.
Brett hit .300 11 times on his way to a .305 career average. He hit .310 in 1983, but maybe it could have been higher had he not broken a toe.
Is this really how it happened? I'll do some research on that one.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
He continued playing winter ball in his native Venezuela and in Mexico long after his last MLB game. In all he played 26 years in the winter league, retiring at age 45.
Tovar died of cancer in 1994 at age 54.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wow! Orta played from 1972 to 1987. He played his first eight years with the White Sox and his last four years with the Royals. In between he played with Cleveland, Toronto and Los Angeles.
He accumulated 1,619 hits, two all-star selections and two Kellogg's cards.
In the 1985 ALCS he was 0-for-5 and in the World Series he was 1-for-3.
In the disputed game six, Orta was called safe. He advanced to second but was forced out at third in the inning before the Royals won the game on a hit by Dane Iorg. Iorg had only one hit in the entire seven-game series. If not for this hit he'd be known forever as a Cardinal since he played eight years with St. Louis and only two with Kansas City.
Dane's brother Garth played against the Royals in the ALCS as a member of the Blue Jays.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Cubs of my youth were going to be following Jenkins out of town rather quickly
Glenn Beckert was traded to the Padres in November of 1973.
Randy Hundley was traded to the Twins in November of 1973.
Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox in December of 1973.
Paul Popovich was traded to the Pirates in April of 1974.
Milt Pappas was released by the Cubs on the same day that Popovich was traded. Pappas never played in the majors again.
Billy Williams was traded to Oakland after the 1974 season.
Don Kessinger was traded to the Cardinals after the 1975 season.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
If I had a chance to ask him a question I would want to know why he attempted to steal second in that game. His career stat line is 0 steals - 1 caught stealing.
Here's what I would ask him.
Did he think he was faster than when he was a rookie twelve years earlier?
Was he trying to match his brother who was 1-for-1 in steals during his 22-year career? Joe was smart enough to do this as a rookie in 1968.
Did the catcher drop the ball/pass out or have some other trauma?
Was the opposing pitcher throwing a knuckleball or euphus pitch? Jim Rooker was the pitcher so I doubt it.
My last question - how does it feel to be caught once like your brother Joe? Above I mentioned that Joe was never caught stealing. I'm referring to Joe's issue with a file/sandpaper in his pocket during a game. Watch that clip if you haven't seen it.
In future posts I will see who else couldn't manage to steal a base.
Friday, October 23, 2015
I've gone through about 10 packs so far and the cards look great. Even though there is a bit of curl to them, the borders are a shiny white which is amazing.
Soon I will show the contents of one of the packs that I opened. That will need to wait until work gets less busy.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
This Was Supposed to Be The Biggest One-for-One Trade in Baseball History? What About Trading Their Kellogg's Cards?
I'm going to look at their careers and their Kellogg's cards.
Bonds appeared in the 1973 and 1974 sets. He didn't retire until 1981, after playing 14 seasons.
Murcer appeared in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1976. He played a lot longer than Bonds, playing from 1965 to 1983. He didn't play in the majors in 1967 or 1968.
Bonds had 332 homers and 1,024 RBIs. He added 461 steals and 914 walks to his .268 career average.
Murcher played in 1,908 games, just 59 more than Bonds. Murcer had 252 homers, 1,043 RBIs while having a career average of .277. He stole on 127 bases to go with 862 walks.
Bonds was a three-time all-star and won two Gold Gloves. Murcer was an all-star five times and won a Gold Glove once.
As for their Kellogg's cards, both fall into the same category - good player not in the Hall of Fame.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Fisk came to the White Sox for a while, but everyone thinks of him in Boston Sox. The homer is certainly a big part of that.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
1971 Tony Horton. Stress ended his career before he turned 26. He debuted at age 19.
Horton is not the father of P90X star Tony Horton. Mr. Push-up talked about his father throwing a no-hitter in one of the videos. I will need to find out more about that.
From 1964 - 1970 Horton hit 76 homers and drove in 297 runs while hitting .268.
1981 J.R. Richard. J.R. had a stroke in 1980 before a game. That ended his career.
Mr. Richard was a star pitcher at the time of his stroke. He played from 1971 - 1980 and he was only 30 when his career ended.
His career record was 107-71 for the Astros. In his last four complete seasons he won 20,18,18 and 18 games. When the stroke occurred he was 10-4 for the Astros. He struck out over 300 batters in his final two complete seasons, leading the league both times.
He finished in the top seven of the Cy Young voting three times.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Doby and Lemon are both in the Hall of Fame as players.
Kessinger shown here in his "I surrender pose" went to a team that wasn't very good.
Lemon had a record of 124-112 in 1977 and part of 1978. The 1977 team was in first place for a while and they were known as the Southside Hitmen.
Doby was 37-50 to finish the 1978 season.
Kessinger was 46-60 before being replaced by Tony La Russa who entered the Hall of Fame as a manager.
The White Sox had losing records from 1978 - 1981. Boo hoo, the Cubs were not above .500 from 1973 to 1983 - my entire childhood.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Besides the cards shown, Kingman appeared as a Met in 1977 and a Cub in 1980.
He went from Mets to Cubs to Mets in his career. In 1977 he was a Met and in 1978 he was a Cub. It was big news in 1977 when he went from the Mets to the Padres to the Angels to the Yankees. Not only did he play in each of the four divisions, he homered as a member of each team that season.
He was traded to the Padres in June, picked up off of waivers by the Angels on September 6th and traded to the Yankees nine days later. In November he signed with the Cubs as a free agent,
The Cubs traded him to the Mets before the 1981 season began.
He led the league in homers twice. As a Cub with 48 and as a Met with 37. Advantage Cubs.
He led the league in strikeouts three times. As a Cub he had 131 and as a Met he had 156. Advantage Cubs.
He led the league in slugging percentage once as a Cub. Advantage Cubs.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Maybe the Cubs can beat Houston, then an NL team. That would also be fitting because the White Sox finally won their World Series by beating Houston in 2005.
On this day in 1906 the underdog White Sox defeated the Cubs in the World Series. In 1908 the Cubs defeated the Tigers to win their most recent World Series. Is most recent too nice?
To celebrate the Cubs victory check out these Kellogg's cards of Cubs. None of these players won a World Series ring in their careers.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Two years before Buckner's unfortunate play, a Cub first baseman had a similar mishap in the 1984 NLCS. Leon Durham missed an easy grounder in the pivotal game of the season with the Cubs in the lead. Unfortunately, Durham is remembered for his Gatorade glove since allegedly someone spilled Gatorade on his glove that day. Don't guys have more than one glove?
The two players were Cub teammates in the early 80s. When Buckner was traded to the Red Sox for Dennis Eckersley, Durham moved from the outfield to play first base, Buckner's vacated position.
Another link between the players - both players appeared in the 1983 Kellogg's set.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Burt Hooton was the winning pitcher. Catfish Hunter took the loss.
Welch was a 21-year-old rookie who had appeared in 23 games during 1978.
Ron Cey drove in all four runs for the Dodgers with a homer and another hit.
I can't remember which time I cheered for since I don't like either.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Blue Jays - 4. Not fair since the Blue Jays couldn't be included from 1970 - 1976. They weren't included in 1977 either. Bob Bailor, their first pick in the expansion draft, was included in two sets.
Rangers/Senators - 25. They weren't a good team for most of these years. They had five winning records in the 13 Kellogg's years. Buddy Bell was shown on four different cards.
Astros - 33. Not bad since only three of the cards are of Nolan Ryan. Cesar Cedeno led the way with four appearances.
Mets - 34. There are seven great Tom Seaver cards as a Met.
Cubs - 36. Billy Williams appears six times since I'm including the 1991 and 1992 sets.
Royals - 39. George Brett shows up seven times.
Cardinals - 46. Lou Brock (8 times) and Bob Gibson (6 times) account for a lot of the total.
Dodgers - 49. Steve Garvey (5 times) leads the way.
Yankees - 55. The Yankees have more than any other team. Here is one category where Reggie Jackson (5 times) is ahead of Babe Ruth.