One of the bigger errors in the 1976 SSPC set was mixing up the photos of Cleveland’s Duane Kuiper and Rick Manning. Kuiper’s card has Manning’s photo and vice versa… and since there’s nothing on the front of the card other than the photo and a plain border, you’ve essentially got a Manning front and a Kuiper back.
So which guy do I make this post about? What the heck, I’ll do both. It’s pretty interesting how their careers parallel each other.
Duane Kuiper was a 2nd baseman who played with the Indians and Giants from 1975 to 1985. He’s currently a TV announcer for the Giants, a position he’s held for 19 years.
Rick Manning was an outfielder who played with the Indians and Brewers from 1975 to 1987. He’s currently a TV announcer for the Indians, a position he’s held for 23 years.
In 1976, Duane Kuiper… was the Indians’ starting second baseman and had the best fielding percentage of any A.L. 2B.
In 1976, Rick Manning… was the Indians’ starting center fielder and had the 4th best fielding percentage of any A.L. CF… Oh, and he won a Gold Glove.
Betcha didn’t know… Duane Kuiper was drafted as a shortstop and was the Indians’ first round pick in the 1972 January secondary draft. He was drafted by the Yankees, Pilots, White Sox, Reds and Red Sox before he was drafted and signed by the Indians.
Betcha also didn’t know… Rick Manning was drafted as a shortstop and was the Indians’ first round pick in the June 1972 draft. He was taken second overall, behind Padres 3B Dave Roberts.