In 1974, Topps didn’t use a cup… That is to say, they didn’t use the golden “All-Star Rookie” cups on the cards which feature members of Topps 1973 All-Star Rookie team. Since Topps didn’t honor those players, I will. Today we’ll be looking at one of the outfielders on that team.
I’d discussed this card back when I had “1974 Week”, but it’s a cool enough card to bear repeat postings. Even in some alternate timeline where I wasn’t infatuated with this set, between the action shot and the Mets connection I would still have this card.
“Sarge” was the National League Rookie of the Year, and was also a Baseball Digest Rookie All-Star. Matthews batted .300 with 12 homers and 58 RBI. It’s appropriate that this card shows him sliding into third, as both he and teammate Garry Maddox had 10 triples each, good enough for 2nd most in the NL.
Even though the card shows Gary sliding into third, he didn’t hit any triples in Shea Stadium in 1973. From looking for Giants @ Shea games in 1972 and 1973 which included both Gary Matthews and Wayne Garrett (the third baseman), my best guess is that he advanced to third on another play. On 6/12/73 he walked and advanced to third on a Chris Speier single; on 8/25/73, he singled and advanced to third on a Tito Fuentes single. In either case, he was stranded at third.
I feel like I should get a second image into this post, so here’s Garry Maddox:
Next time, on an all-new “Without A Cup”: A player who has two versions of his 1974 card.