This post is one of those times I put my thumb on the randomizer’s scale; I wanted to do a 1975 Topps team set, but the choice of team was random.
The 1975 Milwaukee Brewers finished the season with a 68-94 record, which put them in 5th in the American League East… 28 games behind the Red Sox.
Manager Del Crandall was fired before the final game of the season, and rumors were flying that Hank Aaron would be the new manager. As it turned out, the Brew Crew would be managed by Alex Grammas in 1976, and the team wasn’t any better under him.
Before we get off the team card, I want to show the back of this card, which was dutifully checked-off by me back in 1975.
That’s what you do with checklists… You check them (or color in the squares in my case).
I’m going to get the two most obvious cards out of the way from the start…
Best Rookie card
I’m working on two of these “Random Team” posts simultanously. The other team has a rough choice of rookie cards. Not the case with this set.
Robin Yount – who I should point out didn’t turn 20 years old until September, 1975 – batted .267 with 67 runs, 52 RBI and 28 doubles.
Most Notable Airbrushing
41-year-old Hank Aaron returned to Milwaukee to hit just 12 homers in 1975, his career-lowest for a season with at least 500 PA’s. He’d also be an All-Star for the 25th and final time (He did play in 1976 but didn’t make the All-Star team).
Best Offensive Player; Best On-Field Photo
In 1975 George “Boomer” Scott was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and lead the AL with 36 homers and 109 RBI.
Top Pitcher (shown on a card with the Brewers)
Jim Colborn went 11-13, 4.27 with 2 saves in 29 starts and 7 relief appearances.
Top Player pictured with another team:
Pete Broberg had the best record and ERA of anyone in the starting rotation. He had been acquired in a trade at the 1974 Winter Meetings, and went 14-16, 4.13 with 7 complete games and 2 shutouts. He also was tops in the American League by hitting 16 batters.
Best Name; Best Nickname
Stormin’ Gorman Thomas
I should point out that Stormin’ Gorman wouldn’t stand a chance in the “Best Name” competition if Lafayette Currence, a pitcher who made 8 appearances in 1975, was included in 1975 Topps… Let’s not forget Sixto Lezcano, who was a regular in 1975 but whose rookie card was in 1976 Topps.
Most Obvious Hint For A Trivia Question
Card With The Most Personal Significance
As I’ve mentioned here before, back in 1975 or possibly 1976, this Ed Sprague was the final card I needed for my 1975 Topps set.