I’ve been attempting to do some organizing with what little hobby time I’ve had this week, so while I’m eating my morning Wheaties, and with the morning news on in the background and trying its best to make me depressed, I’ll share a quick collection of 1970 Kellogg’s cards. I got these at a show from a guy who tossed a bunch of toploaders in a bin and put a sign up that said “All cards $1”. Even at the condition some of these were in, I couldn’t walk from them at a buck each.
…especially this Johnny Bench, cracks and all.
Sometimes it just takes a glance at a player’s stats to see how quickly they came on the scene. Bench debuted as a 19-year-old on August 28th, 1967 and while he only batted .163, he was the starting catcher for most of the remainder of the seasons. After the season, the prior starting catcher, Johnny Edwards, was traded to St. Louis (Edwards was himself a 3-time all-star and 2-time Gold Glove).
In 1968 Bench was the Rookie of the Year, an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and got MVP votes. In 1969, Bench repeated all of these accomplishments (aside from ROY, obviously). In 1970, the year this card was issued, he added a few more items to his list of accomplishments: MVP, HR leader and RBI leader.
Another HOFer, Juan Marichal found himself having non-HOF season in 1970, going 12-10, 4.12 in his first season since 1961 where he wasn’t an All-Star.
Another Giant, another HOFer: Willie Mac was coming off an MVP season in 1969 where he hit 45 homers, drove in 126 runs, had a .320/.453/.656 batting line.
Yet another Giant, yet another HOFer: Gaylord Perry finished in 2nd place (but well behind Bob Gibson) in 1970 Cy Young Award votiing.
Gaylord Perry’s brother Jim was not a San Francisco Giant, is not a Hall-of-Famer, but he did win the Cy in 1970, going 24-12, 3.04 with 168 strikeouts
I’m not a huge fan of Morrissey or the Smiths, but there are songs of theirs I like. One of my favorite Morrissey songs, “Spent The Day In Bed”, came out just two years ago. The chorus of this song often comes back to me at certain moments: “Stop watching the news, because the news contrives to frighten you”.