The 1970’s A-Z: Allen To Alomar

Recap:  I’m going through all of the notable and somewhat notable players and managers of the 1970’s and for each one I’m going to share my favorite 1970’s card of that guy and a card back’s worth of information and thoughts about him and his cards.

BERNIE ALLEN

Played: 1962 – 1973
1970’s Teams: Senators, Yankees, Expos

Fun Stuff:
Bernie was a quarterback at Purdue, had been named to 1962 Topps All-Star Rookie team and finished 3rd in AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Tom Tresh and Buck Rodgers.

Card Stuff:
Bernie never appeared on a card with the Expos, but to be fair his time in Montreal was just 16 games to cap off his career.


DICK ALLEN

Played : 1963 – 1977
1970’s teams: Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox, Phillies, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
1972 AL MVP; All-Star in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974; HR Leader in 1972 and 1974; RBI Leader in 1972; played in 1976 NLCS

Fun Stuff:
Traded to Atlanta in December, 1974 but refused to play for the Braves and sat out until being traded to the Phillies in May, 1975.

Card Stuff:
Played 54 games for A’s in 1977 but didn’t appear on a card with them;  These red and yellow 1975 All-Star cards always get an advantage when I’m picking out a favorite card.


GENE ALLEY

Played 1963 – 1973
1970’s teams: Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Played in NLCS from 1970 to 1972, Played in 1971 World Series; Started and finished a triple play vs. Dodgers, 6/6/70 (Alley – Al Oliver – Richie Hebner – Alley)

Card Stuff:
I enjoy fake fielding poses, I enjoy cards with batting cages in the background… The combination of the two is kind of odd, like Alley was waiting to take BP when a ball came his way.


BILL ALMON

Played from 1974 – 1988
1970’s Teams: Padres

1970’s Highlights:
The first overall pick in the June 1974 draft, Almon made his MLB debut that same year, after just 39 minor league games;  Lead league with 20 sacrifice bunts in 1977; All-American in 1974

Fun Stuff:
Forty-one alumni of Brown University have played in the majors, but Bill Almon is the only one from after World War II.

Card Stuff:
The featured card is from 1979 Kellogg’s


SANDY ALOMAR

Played 1964 – 1978
1970’s teams: Angels, Yankees, Rangers

1970’s Highlights:
1970 All-Star with Angels; played in 1976 ALCS

Fun Facts:
Father of Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar, Jr.; had a consecutive game streak of 661 games which (according to Wikipedia) is a record for the Angels franchise; Sandy was Involved in two triple plays almost exactly two years apart – 6/26/70 vs Royals, 6/27/72 vs Twins

Card Stuff: Got a “Sunset Card” in 1979 after his MLB career was over


COMING NEXT: Alou (all three) to Altobelli

6 thoughts on “The 1970’s A-Z: Allen To Alomar

  1. Bernie Allen always reminds me of my old Strat-O-Matic playing days. His Senators teams were always part of my replays.

    I noticed that Alley card when I was bindering that set.

    Topps Photog: Gene, bend over like you’re backhaning a grounder.

    Alley: But there’s a cage behi….

    Photog: Gene, just do it so I can get this done and get to the dog track, would ya?

  2. I remember seeing this Kellogg’s card of Almon for the first time a few years ago and thinking… Almon played for the Padres? I remember him for his years with the White Sox and Pirates.

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