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.
Played: 1962 – 1973
1970’s Teams: Senators, Yankees, Expos
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.
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.
Played : 1963 – 1977
1970’s teams: Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox, Phillies, A’s
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
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.
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.
Played 1963 – 1973
1970’s teams: Pirates
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)
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.
Played from 1974 – 1988
1970’s Teams: Padres
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
Forty-one alumni of Brown University have played in the majors, but Bill Almon is the only one from after World War II.
The featured card is from 1979 Kellogg’s
Played 1964 – 1978
1970’s teams: Angels, Yankees, Rangers
1970 All-Star with Angels; played in 1976 ALCS
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