Ted Simmons… was among the top catchers of the 1970’s and early 1980’s, but often got overshadowed by guys like Bench, Carter, Fisk and Munson. Simmons played for 20 seasons with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, and caught at least 75 games in 14 of those seasons. He’s among the top-10 all-time Cardinals in homers, RBI and walks. He was an eight-time All-Star, hit 100 RBI three times and hit over .300 seven times. He may not have been the finest defensive catcher of the day, but his offensive stats compare favorably to pretty much any HOF catcher and by several accounts he was excellent at calling games.
In 1976, Ted… was the Cardinals’ starting catcher, but saw time at first and other positions. He batted .291, had 75 RBI and lead the league with 19 Intentional walks.
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?”
The background is too blurry to identify, this goes down as “Can’t tell”.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 13
Not Shea: 7
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…
Ted’s got long hair and sideburns.
Total Cards: 79
1970’s Sideburns: 40
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 25
Long Hair: 18