1976 SSPC: #599 – Wayne Simpson (Phillies… Sorta…)

1976 SSPC #599 Wayne Simpson
This card is going to require a little explaining… The 1976 SSPC set is largely numbered by team, but the end of the set is a sort of “catch-all” with multi-player checklists, coaches, assorted Major Leaguers and a handful of minor leaguers.

Wayne Simpson was an up-and-coming pitcher with the Reds who made the 1970 All-Star team, but injuries derailed his career.  The back of this card lists him with the Phillies, but the Angels purchased his contract right at the start of the 1976 season.

In 1976, Wayne Simpson… spent the year with the Salt Lake City Gulls, the Angels’ AAA farm team.

This card... shows us why the 1970’s TV show M*A*S*H tried very hard to convince us that the Texas Rangers cap that Klinger wore was really a 1950’s Toledo Mud Hens cap.  The Rangers cap was a reasonable facsimile, although it should’ve been navy blue rather than royal blue.  Even so, I watched a lot of M*A*S*H reruns in my day (“Ahhhhh… Bach!”) and every time they showed Klinger wearing the cap,  part of my brain screamed out “IT’S A TEXAS RANGERS CAP!”

The funny thing is that the current Mud Hens team sells a throwback cap in the proper navy & red colors, but they describe as a “replica of the one that Klinger wore on the hit show M*A*S*H”.

2013 Joe says… It’s interesting that this was a Phillies farm team, because the uniform looks like it should be a farm team of the Big Red Machine.

And now a word from the proprietor, Joe Shlabotnik: This completes our first “lap” through the 1976 SSPC set… the next post cycles around to the front of the set and picks up again with the Atlanta Braves.

1976 SSPC #599 Wayne Simpson back

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2 thoughts on “1976 SSPC: #599 – Wayne Simpson (Phillies… Sorta…)

  1. I’m not too familiar with these cards, but if these are 1976 cards, the back says (c) 1975, so I assume they were printed in ’75, which explains why Simpson is still listed as a Phillies’ farmhand.

    2013 Joe: Minor-league teams (especially in AAA) don’t necessarily follow the uniform colors of the parent club. Then when working agreements change, they can keep the same uniforms.

    • Jim, thanks for the feedback!

      Despite the 1975 copyright, this set had been marketed as a 1976 set. Judging from the transactions which are updated on other cards, this set went to press either in late 1975 or early 1976. At that time, Simpson was still the property of the Phillies.

      As for the Mud Hens uniforms, I only meant that the uniforms look SO MUCH like the Reds, that if I didn’t know better I’d guess they were a Reds farm team.

      Thanks for reading!

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