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Friday, June 30, 2017
Remember, I haven't updated the database in 1-2 years, so my numbers could be slightly off. I found 81 players who were born in Maine. Unfortunately, none got onto a Kellogg's baseball card.
Only 38 players hail from Vermont. One of them found his way onto a Kellogg's card. Carlton Fisk stayed and attended high school and college there.
Is everyone playing hockey there?
Today I was running at a track meet and it started raining. I kept running. That was fun. I've always liked running in the rain. Good memories.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
1983 Kellogg's Bill Buckner #59
1978 Rating -- 8 comment -- he was certainly a fan favorite with the Cubs. Why? He hustled and played the way we'd hope everyone would.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Carlos May is a great example of what I like in the 1973 Kellogg's set.
The jersey number can be seen on his shoulder. A scoreboard can be seen in the background so I will need to figure out more about what stadium is shown.
Monday, June 26, 2017
George Scott wore number 0 at the end of his career in 1979 as a member of the Royals.
--- I'm too busy / lazy to get their photos here today.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
It turns out that 18 players have worn #0 in their careers. Seven of the 18 players had either a first or last name that began with the letter "O". Two of the players on this list also had a Kellogg's card but only one of them actually wore the number 0 for the team that he was on when he wore #0.
People my age can probably name the one player since he wore 0 for eight years. The other player wore it for less than an entire season.
Oscar Gamble is not the correct answer. It would be great to have a Kellogg's card of him but he never got into a set.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
I was wondering if any other Kellogg's cards featured players who wore #56. After reading the following story about top players at each number (bleacherreport) I was worried that not many guys wore that number.
The Sporting News also did a list and said no one else was worthy of even being compared to Buehrle as the best player to wear #56.
A Sporcle quiz had twenty players who wore that number. None appeared on Kellogg's cards.
Baseball-Reference.com came to the rescue. I searched for who wore #56 from 1970 - 1983, so I could have missed some guys who wore the number during other years.
1983 - Bert Campaneris (Yankees). He normally wore #19 in his career but Dave Righetti had that number when Bert arrived in New York.
1970 - Don Gullett (Reds). He normally wore #35 in his career.
That's it. I went further to check out all of those who wore #56 in baseball history.
I did find that Gus Polidor wore #56 in 1985 for the Rangers. He was featured in an early post about the Venezuelan Kellogg's card set.
One eight White Sox players have worn #56 and only Buehrle did so for more than three years.
Friday, June 23, 2017
What I like about the 1973s are the normal baseball card pictures. One can try to figure out what stadiums are shown or, in a rarity for Kellogg's, who else is shown in the picture. Here are a few examples of people in the background.
I like that Bob Gibson's card shows people in the stands. I don't know what else is going on behind him.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
#03 - Mickey Lolich
Lolich was a rare switch-hitting pitcher. With 217 career wins I figured he'd be near the top of the all-time wins list for switch-hitting pitchers. He's 10th. Only two of those ahead of him were born after 1900 - Robin Roberts and Early Wynn.
After leading the league in losses in 1970 with 19, Lolich won over 20 games during the next two seasons.
Not on the card - nothing is mentioned about his hitting. He batted .110 for his career (.114 versus righties and .100 versus lefties). He walked almost 10% of the time so his OBP was .215.
#02 - Ellie Rodriguez
#01 - Amos Otis
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rose batted .300 for the eighth straight season. He led the league in hits for the fourth time. Rose admitted that "he'd like to reach 3000 hits someday". He expects to hit the 2,000 mark in 1973.
Not on the card - he did surpass 2,000 in 1973. He passed 3,000 on his way to 4,256 hits. I like the commas.
Not on the card - his son had two career hits - one off of Kevin Appier and one off of Jason Schmidt. Neither of these two pitched while Pete Sr. was still playing.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
09 - Wilbur Wood
Barry's dad was quite the all-around player. He's consistently among the league leaders in steals. He already has 179 of them in five seasons to go with 126 homers.
His sister is a former Olympic sprinter. His older brother, Robert, was a pro football player.
On the card - Bobby Lee Bonds is his given name. Good thing it isn't Robert since he has a brother by that name.
My interest in track caused me to look up his sister. She indeed as in the 1964 Olympics as a hurdler. She advanced to the finals but finished 8th.
07 - Steve Carlton
Carlton had his best season in 1972. It's the one everyone talks about since his team was so bad. The paragraph below is worth reading to describe his first season in Philly.
Monday, June 19, 2017
#12 - Jon Matlack
#10 Billy Williams
Sunday, June 18, 2017
#15 - Sparky Lyle
His high school didn't even have a baseball team.
He has yet to start an MLB game in six seasons.
Not on the card - he pitched 899 career games, none of which he started. Only three players have pitched in more games without getting any career starts. None have Kellogg's cards, but can you name them?
Saturday, June 17, 2017
#18 - Ray Fosse
His signing bonus included tuition at Southern Illinois University. He has played catcher since his Little League days in Marion, Illlinois.
He resisted signing with Bear Bryant and Alabama for football.
Not on the card - Fosse, the pride of Marion, Illinois, had his career derailed by Pete Rose's hard slide in the 1970 All-Star Game. I didn't know that Fosse was from Marion until reading the back of this card today. Marion is known for its prison. Fosse fans in the area probably found it fitting that one of Marion's most well-known inmates was (did you guess this?) Pete Rose.
Not on the card - He was traded to Oakland on March 24, 1973. I guess there never was an update to this card but I will check.
#17 - Jim Palmer
#16 - Nolan Ryan
Friday, June 16, 2017
Rose cards were good to get then and they are good to get now. I just saw a headline that his last chance to get into the Hall of Fame has passed. I don't know if that's true but I didn't read the article.
When I see 1976 Kellogg's lots available there is usually no Pete Rose card. People keep that one.
I would really love to get the 1976 Frosted Flakes box that this card came in. Does anyone see them around?
Thursday, June 15, 2017
I'm just glad when they show up since I don't need them at any time. I just had never seen two of my purchases come through the same post office at the same time. They were from different sellers too.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I think that it happened either five or six times. One player from the Kellogg's era was the first to do this and he did it twice. He only had a total of 11 career grand slams, so how did he do this twice? Simple he struck out a lot - it helps to be the all-time leader in strikeouts as a hitter.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
1978 Kellogg's Al Cowens #05
1978 Rating -- 6 comment -- he had a great season for a good team. He was AL MVP runner-up to Rod Carew.
That's a nice start to his career. He's rated as a strong outfielder with an accurate arm.
He played 13 years, but never got another MVP vote. His career average of .270 is solid but more was probably expected after his 1977 season. He won a Gold Glove in 1977 only.
I was surprised by some things in the paragraph above. That's partially because I was a lot more in tune with the NL. I do remember Cowens being a good fielder so I decided to check out that. Cowens played in the AL from 1974 to 1986.
From 1974 to 1986 here are some Gold Glove winners (# times won) -
Dwight Evans (8)
Dwayne Murphy (6)
Fred Lynn (4)
Dave Winfield (4)
Joe Rudi (3)
Paul Blair (2)
Gary Pettis (2)
Those guys account for 29 of the 40 Gold Gloves awarded during that time. That explains why Cowens didn't win more than one award.
I thought that the total would be 39, but one year they must have awarded four Gold Gloves. Sure enough, in 1985 four Gold Gloves were awarded.