These Cards Are Here Because They’re Here

…And because they are not elsewhere.

I will freely admit that this is a “clear out the folders” post.  After you finish this post, you won’t find it hard to believe that work is taking up a lot of my time this week.

Nearly three years ago, I had something to say about this card. For whatever reason it didn’t make it into the post, so it’s here now.

Because it’s a 1965 card, I feel obligated to show the back.

Johnny Lewis wore #24 for the Mets before Willie Mays did…

…and before Ken Boswell and Ed Charles and Jim Beauchamp and Art Shamsky. One of these days when I have time, I’m going to finish the “Guy Before The Guy” post that I’m working on.

By the way, in 1965 Johnny Lewis is the guy who broke up Jim Maloney’s 10-inning no-hitter with a go-ahead homer.  Maloney ended up with an 11-inning, 18-strikeout, complete game 1-0 loss.

Is Rusty Staub wearing a uniform anywhere underneath all those layers?
1979 Topps Rusty Staub

I’m including this card just because I like the name “Thormodsgard”.
1979 Topps Paul Thormodsgard
Thormodsgard pitched all of one inning in 1979, and gave up a run and three hits (two singles and a homer) against the Rangers. That was his last MLB appearance. Before that he had a decent season in 1977, going 11-15 but pitching 8 complete games including a shutout.

Ron Hunt got 10% of the N.L. Rookie Of The Year votes in 1963. Some flash in the pan named Pete Rose got 85% of the votes (and the Phillies’ Ray Culp got the other 5%).
1969 Topps Ron Hunt

Don Bosch was apparently hyped as “The Next Mickey Mantle” at one point.
1969 Topps Don Bosch
Spoiler Alert: He was not.

One of the ideas I have floating around in my head is writing a post on all of the “Next Mickey Mantles” who have come and gone in my lifetime. Feel free to suggest your favorite “Next Mickey Mantle”.

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12 thoughts on “These Cards Are Here Because They’re Here

  1. “….he had a decent season in 1977, going 11-15 but pitching 8 complete games including a shutout.”

    Just noting how much the game has changed..Clayton Kershaw has never had more than 6 complete games in his career. And it’s been 6 seasons since anyone had as many as Paul Thormodsgard had in 1978.

    btw…Tom Tresh was a ‘next Mickey Mantle’ at one point.

  2. Perhaps you’d intended to post something about Vic Power having stolen home TWICE IN ONE GAME(!)

    If you ask Clint Frazier, he’ll probably say he’s the next Mickey Mantle.

    • Nice call on Repoz. He definitely fits. They also had a guy named Steve Whitaker who came up thru the minors in the mid-60s with some power and a bit of speed (and a great glove). I’m not sure he was ever touted as the ‘next Mickey’ but he was highly thought of.

  3. Definitely Bobby Murcer, who appeared in the 1966 AND 1967 Topps Yankees Rookie cards. Murcer, being a power hitter from Oklahoma, was supposed to be the NEXT Mickey Mantle while the Mighty Mick was still an active player.

  4. Always felt bad for Bobby Murcer. He might have been the next Mickey Mantle if he was surrounded by a better team. THose late 60’s and early 70’s Yanks teams weren’t very good.

    Great idea for a new thread too. I think Clint Hurdle was the next “somebody” early in his career. That never worked out as planned.

    • Yeah, he had the famous quote that people would only be satisfied with his rookie season if he’d led the league in home runs and batting average, donated money to cancer, and married Marie Osmond.

      I once saw him warming up a pitcher in the bullpen at Wrigley and somewhat snarkily asked if he’d married Marie Osmond yet. His response was perfect: “No, I married a much prettier girl!”

  5. Bill Robinson, a “toolsy” outfielder who really struggled in his early years with the Yanks, then eventually had good years with the Phillies and Pirates.

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