The 1970’s, A To Z: Dave Bristol to Jack Brohamer

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.


DAVE BRISTOL

1970 Topps #556

***PHANTOM PILOT ALERT***
Dave Bristol managed the Reds in 1969 and was hired by the Seattle Pilots to replace original manager Joe Schultz… however, the team became the Milwaukee Brewers after 1970 Spring Training… meaning that this guy on a Seattle Pilots card never officially managed the Pilots.

Managed 1966 – 1980
1970’s Teams: Brewers, Braves, Giants

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Cincinnati Reds HOF after managing them to a winning record from 1966 to 1969 and sowing the seeds for the Big Red Machine of the 1970’s;  Also managed the Brewers (1970-1972), Braves (1976-1977) and Giants (1979-1980)

Fun Stuff:
Dave Bristol was born in Bristol, GA and was 33 when he got his first MLB managing job; He was replaced by notable managers three times: Sparky Anderson (Reds), Bobby Cox (Braves) and Frank Robinson (Giants)… Technically he was also replaced by Braves owner Ted Turner who named himself the team’s manager before Commissioner Bowie Kuhn told Turner to knock it off.

Card Stuff:
After appearing in 1973 and 1974 Topps as one of Gene Mauch’s coaches with the Expos, Bristol appeared on four team cards with the little thumbnail manager inserts.

Editorial Comment:
For a guy who never finished higher than 3rd and who never had a winning team after his four years with the Reds, Dave got around.


PETE BROBERG

1976 Topps #39

Played 1971 – 1978
1970’s Teams: Senators, Rangers, Brewers, Cubs, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
Broberg went straight from Dartmouth to the Senators and didn’t pitch in the minors until his third pro season; After the Senators moved to Texas, Broberg got the Rangers’ first win and, in his next start, first shutout;  Broberg had the most wins and lowest ERA on the 1975 Brewers; Twice lead the league in hit batters

Fun Stuff:
Was taken by the Mariners in the 1976 expansion draft, but was traded to the Cubs before pitching for the M’s…

Bonus Card:
…and because he never played for the Mariners, he appeared in 1977 Topps, O-Pee-Chee and Hostess with an airbrushed cap he never actually wore.
PHANTOM MARINER ALERT!

1977 Topps #409 and 1977 O-Pee-Chee #55


LOU BROCK

1976 Topps #10

Played 1961 – 1979
1970’s Teams: Cardinals

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1985 and was the 20th HOFer inducted on the first ballot;  Became the Major League career and single-season stolen base king  – both MLB records were broken by Rickey Henderson, but Brock still holds both National League records;  His #20 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals;  Six-time All-Star;  Became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 homers (1967);  Played in three World Series and batted .391 (34 for 87) over his World Series career

1970’s Highlights:
Named the Sporting News and Baseball Digest NL Player of the Year in 1974, the year he broke Maury Wills’ record by stealing 118 bases… He also got 8 first place votes in NL MVP voting, but Steve Garvey won the award;  Got his 3000th hit in 1979 off of the Cubs’ Dennis Lamp;  Was the starting left fielder for the 1975 National League All-Stars;  Named the 1979 NL Comeback Player of the Year;  Hit for the cycle on May 27, 1975

Fun Stuff:
Owns the patent for the “Brockabrella” umbrella hat, as seen on Jay Johnstone’s 1984 Fleer card

Card Stuff:
The featured card is a strong contender for “Top 100 cards of the 1970s”

It’s time to play NAME THAT PIRATE!
Seriously… Does anybody know who that Pirates infielder is behind Brock? Because I’m stumped.


JACK BROHAMER

1973 Topps #181

Played 1972 – 1980
1970’s Teams: Indians, White Sox, Red Sox

1970’s Highlights:
After his 1972 rookie season he was named to both the Topps and Baseball Digest All-Star Rookie teams;  Hit his first two career homers off of future HOFer Bert Blyleven in consecutive innings on June 9, 1972;  Hit for cycle vs Mariners on 9/24/77; Involved in two triple plays: vs Brewers 9/3/73 and vs. Rangers 7/28/79

Fun Stuff:
The cartoon on his 1973 card says he “Builds engines for oil well pumps”

Card Stuff:
Looks like the Orioles’ Bobby Grich is attempting to tag Brohamer on this card


BONUS SONG

I hadn’t heard “Bristol Stomp” by the Dovells in many, many years, but it popped into my head after writing about Dave Bristol.

8 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Dave Bristol to Jack Brohamer

  1. Huh. I always assumed that was Frank Taveras behind Brock on that card. It wasn’t until I went to confirm that just now that I see that his uniform number doesn’t match – Taveras wore #10. Could it be Jackie Hernandez? Hernandez wore #2 for the Pirates but he didn’t play for them after 1973. But maybe the photo is from 1973?

    • I’m trying not to be influenced by outside forces. :-). At any rate, any list from me is a long way away and already has way more than 100 candidates. There are few cards I regard as a sure thing.

      Thanks for the feedback on Jackie Hernandez… the guy looked like someone I knew, I just didn’t go back far enough.

  2. Jackie Hernandez is certainly correct. But I was secretly hoping it might have been Mario Mendoza, the much-maligned infielder and yet revered inventor of the fabled ‘Mendoza Line’ for those weak-hitting players who cannot seem to get their batting average above .200!

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