1976 SSPC #233 – Kurt Bevacqua (Brewers)

1976 SSPC #233 Kurt Bevacqua

Kurt Bevacqua… Was a long-time utility player and pinch h itter who is best known in baseball card circles for having that card in the 1976 set that shows him as the Bubble Gum Blowing Champ. He’s also known for catching baseballs dropped from the top of the 24 story Imperial Bank tower in San Diego. He did a dead-on impersonation of manager Dick Williams, married a Playboy Bunny… Summarize it all, he’s an interesting guy that one could write many posts about.

Even though Kurt hit just .200 during the 1984 regular season, he was such a good pinch-hitter that Padres manager Dick Williams put him in as a DH in the World Series against the Tigers.  Bevacqua responded by going 7 for 17 with two doubles and two homers, including what would prove to be the game-winning three-run homer in Game #2.

In 1976, Kurt… appeared in just 12 games with the Brewers, spending most of his time with AAA Spokane where he hit .337 with 70 runs and 49 RBI. That October he was sold to the expansion Seattle Mariners and was among the earliest players on their roster.

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?”

That distinctive scoreboard… The red Shaefer Beer ad… the Longines clock.  No doubt it’s Shea.
Shea: 50
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 12
Not Shea: 7

Pack yer bags: On paper, Bevacqua played for 6 teams over his 15 year career, but that doesn’t do justice to his travels. He was drafted by the Reds, traded to the Indians where he made his MLB debut, traded to the Royals, traded to the Pirates, traded back to the Royals, sold to the Brewers, sold to the Mariners, released by the Mariners and signed by the Rangers, traded to the Padres, traded to the Pirates, released by the Pirates and ended his career with the Padres.

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…

Kurt’s got long hair and a mustache.  He looks like he might have the sideburns going, but without being able to clearly see it, I’m not going to give him credit.
Total Cards: 77
1970’s Sideburns: 38
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 24
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 17

Baseball Card History: His rookie card came in 1972 with the Indians.  He appeared as a Pirate in the 1974 Traded set, but only played 18 games for Pittsburgh before being traded back to Kansas City that July. He’s airbrushed into a Mariners cap in the 1977 set, but was released near the end of spring training and never appeared in an official game with the M’s. On his 1978 card, the Topps copy writer was reaching when he declared Kurt to have the highest batting average on the Rangers… Yep,and he did it in just 96 at bats!
1976 SSPC #233 Kurt Bevacqua back

In The Blogroll Penalty Box
A little over a week ago I angered the Blogroll Gods by absent-mindedly using a 3.3MB Jpeg as my “primary image”. Blogger could be heard muttering “…and the horse you rode in on” and since then my blog has been taking many hours to appear on blogrolls.

I’ve been posting every day since this happened, so if you think I’ve been quiet lately, you might want to scroll through the recent posts and see if you’d missed anything.

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