The 1970’s, A To Z: Rick Coggins to Dave Collins

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.


RICH COGGINS

1975 Topps #167

Played 1972 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Orioles, Expos, Yankees, White Sox

1970’s Highlights:
Coggins finished 6th behind teammate and fellow outfielder Al Bumbry in 1973 AL Rookie of the Year voting… but the fun part is that Coggins was named to the 1973 Topps All-Star Rookie Team and Bumbry was not; Coggins hit .444 (3 singles and a double) in the 1973 ALCS; Traded from the Orioles to the Expos in the deal that also sent Dave McNally to Montreal and brought Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez to Baltimore, a trade that went very poorly for the Expos (McNally retired after half a season, Coggins was sold after a handful of games, but Singleton was a regular into the 190s and Torrez won 20 games for the O’s)


NATE COLBERT

1974 Topps #125 (Washington “Nat’l Lea” variation)

Played 1966 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Padres, Tigers, Expos, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
The Padres’ first hitting star, he lead the team in homers in 1969, broke his own team record in 1970 with 38 dingers and tied that record in 1972… that team record stood until Ken Caminiti broke it in 1996 (and it currently belongs to Greg Vaughn); Also set a team record with 111 RBI in 1972, which stood until Dave Winfield hit 118 in 1979; Hit 5 home runs in a doubleheader on August 1st, 1972, tying a Stan Musial record… also had 13 RBI in that doubleheader; Scored the winning run in the 1972 All-Star Game; Was involved in two triple plays – 8/1/71 vs. Braves, 6/4/72 vs. Cubs

Career Highlights:
Was an inaugural inductee into the Padres HOF in 1999; Is the career leader for home runs by a Padre (163) – more than Adrian Gonzalez (161), Dave Winfield (154) and Tony Gwynn (135); Holds 6th place in the all-time Padres RBI list (481); Was selected by the Padres from the Astros in the expansion draft;

Card Stuff:
His rookie card is a high-numbered card from 1966 which shows him with the Astros, his original organization


JIM COLBORN

1976 SSPC #226

Played 1969 – 1978
1970’s Teams: Cubs, Brewers, Royals, Mariners

1970’s Highlights:
In 1973 he was named to the All-Star team, won 20 games (which was a Brewers team record for five years) and set a still-standing Brewers single season record with 314.1 innings pitched; Was the Brewers Opening Day Starter in 1973 and 1974; Pitched 7 relief innings to get the win in the Brewers 22-inning 4-3 win over the Twins May 12, 1972; While with the Royals he no-hit the Rangers, May 14, 1977;

Career Highlights
Inducted into the Brewers Wall of Honor; Served in a number of capacities after his pitching career, including time as pitching coach for the Dodgers, Pirates and Orix Blue Wave (Japan)

Fun Stuff:
Appeared as the Tigers 3rd Base Coach in the Kevin Costner film “For Love Of The Game”


JOE COLEMAN

1973 Topps #120

Played 1965 – 1979
1970’s Teams: Senators, Tigers, Cubs, A’s, Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Pitched a complete game shutout of the Oakland A’s with 14 strikeouts in Game 3 of the 1972 ALCS; His 23 wins in 1973 was second-best in the AL and a career high; also won 20 games in 1971 and 19 in 1972; An All-Star in 1972; The Tigers Opening Day Starter in 1975 and 1976; His 236 strikeouts in 1971 was third in the AL; Had three seasons of 200+ strikeouts

Career Highlights:
Was the 3rd overall draft pick in 1965 and became the first-ever drafted player to make his MLB debut when he pitched as an 18-year-old that September; Pitched two complete game wins with a 1.50 ERA in his two appearances in that 1965 season; The losing pitcher in Coleman’s first win was the 19-year-old Kansas City Athletics pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Four of Coleman’s first five career starts were complete games… the one exception was his first start of 1967, when he was pulled with 2 outs in the 9th after hitting a batter and giving up a run-scoring double

Fun Stuff:
Son of Joe Coleman, who pitched for the Athletics, Orioles and Tigers from 1942 to 1955; Father of Casey Coleman, who pitched for the Cubs and Royals from 2010 to 2014; Is not technically “Joe Coleman Jr.” because he was given a different middle name


DAVE COLLINS

1978 Topps #254

Played 1975 – 1990
1970’s Teams: Angels, Mariners, Reds

1970’s Highlights:
The first batter in Seattle Mariners history (as the DH), he also scored the team’s first run… in the fourth inning of the team’s third game; Batted .357 with a double in the 1979 NLCS (Reds vs Pirates)

Career Highlights:
Lead the league with 15 triples in 1984; Holds the Blue Jays single season mark with 60 stolen bases in 1984; Batted over .300 in 3 seasons; Stole 79 bases with the 1980 Reds

Fun Stuff:
Was the first base coach for the Cardinals, Reds, Brewers, Rockies and Marlins

Card Stuff:
His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card has a different photo than 1977 Topps, but both Topps and OPC have him airbrushed in a Mariners cap  Update:  Bryan left a helpful comment pointing out that the Topps photo was actually Collins’ Angels teammate Bobby Jones, and that’s why OPC used a corrected photo.  Thanks, Bryan!

4 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Rick Coggins to Dave Collins

  1. Colbert being the Padres all-time home run leader is a cool piece of baseball trivia. Hopefully someone like Tatis will eventually break that record. I’d like to see him break Vaughn’s single season record, but hitting 51 won’t be easy.

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