Joe Rudi… played in the Majors for 16 years, mostly with the A’s and Angels. He was a three-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner and won three World Series with the A’s. In 1972 he lead the American League in hits and triples, and in 1974 he lead the A.L. in doubles and total bases.
In 1976, Joe Rudi… won a Gold Glove and batted .270/13/94… But the most interesting thing about Joe Rudi in 1976 is what didn’t happen to him. In June, A’s owner Charles O. Finley, knowing he was going to lose several players to free agency after the season, sold Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox for $1 million each. Vida Blue was also sold, going to the Yankees for $1.5M. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn declared these deals to be “not in the best interest of baseball” and voided the transactions.
Shea-o-meter: Yep, it’s Shea.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 6
Can’t tell: 6
Not Shea: 5
Sudden thought to the back of the head: “Rudi” seems like the kind of name that was longer before family members came to the United States… perhaps the name was originally something like Rudicchiofirenza, Rudicziensko or Rudischestonbandgerät.
SSPC vs. Topps: blah.