The 1970’s A-Z: Luis Alvarado to Mike Andrews

Recap: I’m going through all of the notable and somewhat notable players and managers of the 1970’s and I’m basically making like it’s an all-encompassing 1970’s throwback baseball card set. For the “card front”, I’m sharing my favorite 1970’s card of that guy. I’m also including a card back’s worth of information and thoughts about him and his cardboard.


LUIS ALVARADO

Played 1968 – 1977
1970’s teams: Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals, Indians, Mets, Tigers

Fun Stuff:
Traded with Mike Andrews to White Sox for Luis Aparicio; played 1 game with Mets and 2 with Tigers. According to his Topps cards, Luis likes to listen to music (1973) and read comics (1974).

Card Stuff:
I love the cars in the background and the big freakin’ numbers on the White Sox uniforms. #38 seems to be Jorge Orta… Baseball Reference shows Orta wearing #6 during his start with the Chisox, but Orta’s 1973 Topps card shows him wearing #38, so there you go.

 


BRANT ALYEA

Played 1965- 1972
1970 Teams: Twins, A’s, Cardinals

Fun Stuff:
First player in AL history to hit the first MLB pitch he saw out of the park; Full name is Garrabrant Ryerson Alyea; One of just five MLB players who went to Hofstra University on Long Island (most famous and last active player is Ken Singleton)

Card Stuff:
1970 Card shows him with the Senators, but he was traded to the Twins during Spring Training that year. Has horrendous airbrushing on his 1972 card, which shows him with the A’s.


MIKE ANDERSON

Played: 1971 – 1979
1970’s teams: Phillies, Cardinals, Orioles

Fun Stuff:
Brother of Kent Anderson, who played with the Angels in 1989 and 1990 (Kent is 12 years younger than Mike); 6th overall draft pick in 1969 June Draft; pitched an inning of relief for Phillies vs. Cubs in 1979, got 2 strikeouts and gave up two hits but no runs; Had power and a strong arm, but his minor league numbers didn’t translate to the Majors

Card Stuff:
Has a badly-airbrushed Orioles cap on his 1979 card, but he had been released the previous October and had signed with the Phillies in Spring Training; I went with his 1978 card because I’m a sucker for batting cages.


SPARKY ANDERSON

1970’s Highlights:
Took Reds to 4 World Series and 2 World Championships; also won division in 1973 but lost to the “Ya Gotta Believe” Mets in the NLCS

Fun Stuff:
In the HOF as a manager; Got to the World Series in his first year as manager; Nickname was “Captain Hook”; Had an interesting career as a player as he appeared in 152 games in his rookie season of 1959 and then never played in the Majors again; Despite what you’d think from his white hair, Sparky’s time managing the Reds took him from 36 to 44 years old.

Card Stuff:
You don’t often see non-posed managers cards like this 1974 Topps card


MIKE ANDREWS

Played 1966 – 1973
1970’s Teams: Red Sox, White Sox, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
Won World Series with 1973 A’s

Fun Stuff:
Was the first DH in White Sox History; An All-Star in 1969; Brother of Rob Andrews; traded with previously-mentioned Luis Alvarado for Luis Aparicio; his last MLB appearance came in the 1973 World Series – he grounded out as a pinch hitter in Game 4; Played in 1975 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in the Japanese Pacific League

Card Stuff:
The sliding player is believed to be the Royals’ Bob Oliver

Update: I inadvertently gave Mike Andrews’ last MLB appearance short shrift; NPBcardguy gave as good a summary (in the comments) as I could add, so make sure you read that (and I’ll update my notes for when I get to Dick Williams)


6 thoughts on “The 1970’s A-Z: Luis Alvarado to Mike Andrews

  1. You’ve summarized the hell out of the story of Mike Andrews and the 1973 World Series, leaving out how A’s owner Charlie Finley tried to pull him off the team’s roster after he made a couple errors in Game Two. Finley made Andrews sign an affidavit saying he was injured so he could be replaced. The rest of the team protested and commissioner Bowie Kuhn ended up ordering Andrews back onto the roster. He got a standing ovation from the crowd during his Game Four pinch hitting appearance. It was ultimately what led to Dick Williams resigning as A’s manager after the Series ended.

    • It’s all good… From the start I was afraid that I’d miss something, and would hope to have enough readers for this series to keep me honest.

      So, for everyone out there, don’t hesitate to speak up if I forget something or get my facts wrong! I’ll take no offense.

  2. Pingback: The 1970’s, A To Z: Rob Andrews to Steve Arlin | The Shlabotnik Report

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