1976 SSPC #196 – Rudy Meoli (Angels/Padres)

1976 SSPC #196 Rudy Meoli
Rudy Meoli… was given the starting shortstop job as an Angels rookie in 1973. His .223 average combined with other Angel options resulted in his being turned into a utility player, a role he never escaped despite having success in AAA.

Aside from the Angels, he also played briefly in the majors for the Cubs and Phillies.

In 1976, Rudy Meoli… went to Spring Training with the Padres after being the Player To Be Named Later in a trade that sent Bobby Valentine to the Padres for pitcher Gary Ross. Before the season started, Meoli was traded to the Reds for Merv Rettenmund, and he spent the entire season with the Reds’ AAA team in Indianapolis.

Betcha didn’t know…Meoli hit only two career homers, but one of them was an inside-the-park job against the Royals on 7/28/73.

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

I can tell by the “396” on the outfield wall, plus the light poles in the parking lot beyond, that this is Shea.
Shea: 49
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 11
Not Shea: 6

1970’s Census
We’re going to keep track of all the instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses…

Rudy had 1970’s sideburns and a moustache… this brings the totals to:
Total Cards: 74
1970’s Sideburns: 37
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 23
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 16

1976 SSPC #196 Rudy Meoli back

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