…Continuing a series about vintage cards that I got for $0.25 each, less per-card than 2014 Heritage…
A month or two ago, I wrote about three of my 1970’s sets being less complete than I thought they were. A similar embarassment happened when I, a Mets fan, realized that I didn’t have a complete set of “Miracle Mets” postseason cards from the 1970 set. I’ve had the World Series cards since I was a kid, and I thought I had all of the NLCS cards… I was wrong. This is the first step towards rectifying that situation.
The card shows Ken Boswell crossing the plate after hitting a 2-run homer in the 4th inning of an 11-6 Mets victory. Art Shamsky (24) had been on base, and Ed Kranepool (7) was on deck. The Mets would sweep the Braves in 3 games before moving on to the World Series.
Reggie Smith isn’t a Hall of Famer, but he would be a first-ballot guy if they ever created a “Hall Of Very Good”.
He was a 7-time All Star, won a Gold Glove, twice lead the AL in doubles, had 100 RBI in 1974, played in 4 World Series and has 6 World Series homers, including 3 in 1977.
The Kansas City Royals had the first overall pick in the 1968 expansion draft, and they chose Roger Nelson from the Baltimore Orioles.
Nelson put up some decent numbers for the Royals in 1970 and 1972, while battling shoulder injury during the seasons in-between.
I’ve got a bit more to say about Roger Nelson, but I’ll save it for tomorrow.
Update: Holy coincidence, Batman! Today is Roger Nelson’s 70th birthday! Happy birthday, Roger!
Tommie Sisk spent most of his career with the Pirates, was traded to the Padres just before the 1969 season, was traded to the White Sox just before the 1970 season, was traded to the Indians in June, 1970, but pitched in AAA for the rest of 1970 and all of 1971.
Does anybody recognize where this photo was taken?
I’m guessing it’s in Florida, it looks too small to be a standard-issue Major League ballpark.
I’m sorry, I can’t think of anything to say about Ken McMullen himself. He played 16 years in the majors, was a starting player for many of those years.