1976 SSPC #323: Jose Morales (Expos)

1976 SSPC #323 Jose Morales
Jose Morales… played for 9 years in the Minors before making his debut at age 28, and even with the late start he still had a 12 year MLB career as an outstanding pinch-hitter and DH. At one point he had the third-most career pinch hits, but he’s been passed by Lenny Harris and others.  According to baseball-reference.com, Jose currently sits at 8th all-time (after the 2011 season).

Morales played for the A’s, Expos, Twins, Orioles and Dodgers.  He’s one of just 11 Major Leaguers from the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Among the others are Elrod Hendricks, Horace Clark, Jerry Browne, Joe Christopher and Midre Cummings.

In 1976, Jose… had 25 pinch hits, breaking a record set by Dave Philley in 1961 and tied by Vic Davalillo in 1970.  Morales’ record would stand for 19 years.  This record-breaking feat was commemorated by a 1977 Topps card and a 1977 O-Pee-Chee card (Pssst!  In 1977, OPC used different photos for both his record-breaker and his regular card).

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’m putting this down as “Can’t tell”.
Shea: 51
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 14
Not Shea: 7

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…

Jose is largely 1970’s-free.
Total Cards: 80
1970’s Sideburns: 40
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 25
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 18

1976 SSPC #323 Jose Morales back

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