Recap: I’m going through all of the notable and somewhat notable players and managers of the 1970’s and I’m basically making like it’s an all-encompassing 1970’s throwback baseball card set. For the “card front”, I’m sharing my favorite 1970’s card of that guy. I’m also including a card back’s worth of information and thoughts about him and his cardboard.
Played 1972 – 1989
1970’s Teams: Indians, Rangers
1972 Topps All-Star Rookie outfielder; His first MLB home run was a grand slam; Was an All-Star in 1973 and was named by manager Alvin Dark to the 1975 All-Star team, but Buddy declined, saying that other players deserved it more than he did; Had a career-high 200 hits, 89 runs and 101 RBI in 1979
Inducted into Rangers HOF 2004; won six Gold Gloves and was named an All-Star five times
Son of former Major Leaguer Gus Bell; Father of former Major Leaguers Mike Bell and David Bell (who is the current Cincinnati Reds manager); Went to the same Cincinnati high school as Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin and Buddy’s sons.
There were no great 1970’s cards of Buddy Bell, so I went with 1975 Hostess
Played 1967 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Reds
Many say that this Hall-Of-Famer is the greatest catcher of all time; NL Rookie of the year in 1968; Holds Reds career records with 389 homers, 1376 RBI and 90 Sac Flies; 10-time Gold Glove;
National League MVP in 1970 and 1972; was named MVP of the 1976 World Series after going 8 for 15 (.533) with 4 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 homers and 6 RBI; Started in the All-Star Game from 1970 to 1977 and also in 1979; Lead the league in homers 1970 and 1972, RBI in 1970, 1972 and 1974; Broke Frank Robinson’s record for homers by a Cincinnati Reds player in 1979
Hosted “The Baseball Bunch” and also appeared on “Hee Haw”, “Mission: Impossible”, “The Partridge Family”, “Mr. Belvedere”, “Married… With Children” and other shows.
This 1976 Topps card is a lock for anybody’s “Top cards of the 1970s” list; His 1971 card called him a “future HOFer at 23”;
Played 1971 – 1988
1970’s Teams: Red Sox, Rangers, Yankees
Won a Gold Glove with the Rangers in 1977; Traded from Red Sox to Rangers in a deal which brought Fergie Jenkins to Boston; Went from the Rangers to the Yankees in a ten-player trade that also involved Sparky Lyle and then-minor leaguer Dave Righetti; Played for the Red Sox in the 1975 World Series
Played every position except pitcher and catcher (just one game at 2nd in 1976)
Came up as a shortstop but was converted to an outfielder in 1973; Played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association
The featured card is a 1979 Burger King card – his regular 1979 Topps card shows him with the Rangers
Played 1975 – 1992
1970’s Teams: Yankees, Astros
Hit his first Major League home run off of Phil Niekro, September 26, 1979
Played in the postseason three times, once with the Astros and twice with the Tigers;
The Yankees protected him in the Expansion Draft for the Blue Jays and Mariners, and then named him as the “player to be named later” in a deal with Houston.
If I owned it, the featured card would be a 1978 Burger King Astros card… Bergman appeared in 1978 Topps, but on a four-player Rookie Outfielders card and airbrushed into an Astros cap; Appeared with the Yankees in the 1976 SSPC set (again, one I don’t have yet)
Played 1946 – 1965
Managed 1964, 1972 – 1975, 1984 – 1985
1970’s Teams: Mets
In 1973 he became the second manager to ever win a pennant in both leagues when his 82-79 Mets upset the Big Red Machine in the NLCS, then took the A’s to 7 games before losing; Was named the Mets manager before the 1972 season when Gil Hodges suffered a fatal heart attack while playing golf in Florida; After being fired by the Mets late in the 1975 season, Yogi became a coach for the Yankees in 1976 and was in uniform throughout the 1970s.
Career Highlights (As a player):
Inducted into Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1972; Three-time MVP, Eighteen-time All-star, ten-time World Champion
I originally had semi-intentionally not mentioned Yogi’s son Dale under the mistaken idea that he did not play in the Majors in the 1970’s… but I was wrong, and so…
In 1975, Yogi’s son Dale was drafted 20th overall by the Pirates. He made his MLB debut in 1977, split time between the Bucs and AAA in 1978 and 1979, and in the 1980s he played for the Pirates, Yankees and (very briefly) Astros. Since Dale’s only 1970’s card was a shared 1979 Topps “Pirates Prospects” card, this is likely the last mention of Dale Berra in this series.
Yogi’s son Tim, a wide receiver with the Baltimore Colts, has a card in 1975 Topps Football.