1976 SSPC #371 – Gates Brown (Tigers)

1976 SSPC #371 Gates Brown

Gates Brown… was a fan favorite during his 13 year career with the Tigers.  He was often used as a pinch-hitter and was well-known for getting key hits.  His first MLB appearance was pinch-hitting for Don Mossi, and he hit a homer to lead off the inning.  At one point, he had the A.L.’s most all-time pinch hits, and was the Tigers’ first-ever DH.

One of his more memorable moments came in 1968 when he was eating hot dogs during the game and unexpectedly got called on to pinch hit.  He hid the hot dogs in his jersey and (naturally) hit a double that required sliding head-first into 2nd.

In 1976, Gates… did something other than playing baseball;  the back of his card notes his retirement after the 1975 season.  He played the field for one game in 1973, and that was the only game in the last three years of his career where he wasn’t a DH or pinch-hitter.

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?”

It’s dusk, but it’s Shea.
Shea: 52
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 15
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…

Gates is pretty much 1970’s-free…
Total Cards: 82
1970’s Sideburns: 41
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 25
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 18

1976 SSPC #371 Gates Brown back

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2 thoughts on “1976 SSPC #371 – Gates Brown (Tigers)

  1. Gates passed away last year. He’ll always be loved in Detroit. He also is credited with one of my favorite quotes, “I’m as square as an ice cube and twice as cool”.

  2. ACTUALLY, GATES DIED ON FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013 AT AGE 74 …

    WE HAVE ONE OF THE ROAD TOPS HE WORE IN 1971 WHEN HE BATTED .338, HIS SECOND HIGHEST SEASON AVERAGE …

    GATES WAS ALWAYS A FUN FELLOW TO SPEAK WITH AND HIS FAN CLUB WAS A GROUP FROM CANADIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER IN WINDSOR WHO ATTENDED MANY GAMES WITH THEIR RECOGNIZABLE COLORFUL BANNER …

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