The 1970’s, A To Z: Del Crandall to Terry Crowley

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.


DEL CRANDALL

1974 Topps #99

As Player: 1949 – 1966
As Manager: 1972 – 1984
1970’s teams (as Manager): Brewers

1970’s highlights (as manager):
Managed the Brewers for the better part of 4 years and finished in 5th and 6th

Career Highlights (as player): One of the top catchers of the 1950s; 8-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove; Won a pennant and a World Championship with the Milwaukee Braves; As a 19-year-old with the Boston Braves he finished 2nd to Don Newcombe in voting for the 1949 NL Rookie of the Year award; Inducted into Braves HOF 2003

Bonus card:  Since I’m something of a Del Crandall collector, I felt like I should include a card from his time as a catcher with the Braves, so here’s one of my favorites, his 1957 card:


JIM CRAWFORD

1976 SSPC #47

Played 1973 – 1978
1970’s Teams: Astros, Tigers

1970’s Highlights:
Made his Major League debut after just 13 games in the minors; Got first hit and first win when he capped off two shutout innings on the mound with a walk-off double in the 12th inning against the Dodgers, April 10, 1973; Batted .267 (8 for 30) over his career

Fun Stuff:
Was a teammate of Larry Gura, Lerrin LaGrow, Len Randle and Craig Swan at Arizona State; His nickname is “Catfish”

Card Stuff:
Didn’t appear in 1978 Topps despite making 37 appearances in 1977


WILLIE CRAWFORD

1971 Topps #519

Played 1964 – 1977
1970’s Teams: Dodgers, Cardinals, Astros, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
Was named the May, 1973 NL Player of the Month after hitting .404 with a .628 slugging percentage, 6 doubles, 5 homers, 20 RBI and 21 Runs;  went 2-for-6 with a solo homer in the 1974 World Series

Career Highlights:
Was just a few days past his 18th birthday when he made his Major League debut and also went 1-for-2 as a teenaged pinch-hitter in the 1965 World Series

Fun Stuff:
His cousin, Curtis Rowe, played for the Pistons and Celtics and appeared on several basketball cards

Card Stuff:
Played for the Cardinals and Astros but never appeared on a card with those teams… AND… Appeared in 1977 Topps as a member of the Giants, but was traded to the Astros before appearing in a regular season game with San Francisco


WARREN CROMARTIE

1978 Topps #117

Played 1974 – 1991
1970’s Teams: Expos

1970’s Highlights:
His 41 doubles in 1977 (his first full season) was 3rd in the NL;  Finished second to teammate Andre Dawson in the 1977 Sporting News NL Player of the Year voting (which was voted on by the players in the Majors);  Was drafted four times before signing with the Expos in 1973

Career Highlights:
Played 7 seasons in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants, won the Central League MVP award in 1989 and helped the Giants win the 1989 Japan Series after being down 3 games to none

Fun Stuff:
“Cro” is currently the face of the Montreal Baseball Project, whose objective is to bring Major League Baseball back to Montreal


TERRY CROWLEY

1973 Topps #302

Played 1969 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Orioles, Reds, Braves

1970’s Highlights:
Was the first Designated Hitter in Orioles history; Was regarded as a pinch-hitting specialist for much of his career

Career Highlights:
Has a .286 career batting average in 3 World Series (1970, 1975, 1979)

Card Stuff:
That’s Thurman Munson making a cameo appearance on Crowley’s 1973 Topps card (which is easily one of the top cards of the decade); Crowley appeared in the 1974 Topps Traded set with Texas, but was traded to Cincinnati before playing for the Rangers

8 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Del Crandall to Terry Crowley

  1. Warren Cromartie is featured in the fabulous book “You Gotta Have Wa” by Robert Whiting, which is a compelling read about Japanese baseball. Cromartie also wrote a book, with Whiting as the ghost writer, about his years in Japan, called “Slugging It Out In Japan”. It’s not as good as “Wa”, but still enjoyable to read.

  2. Terr Crowley was clutch and a big part of the really good Orioles years. And for that, I love the guy. But as a hitting coach, he left a lot to be desired.

    Crandall’s 57T is a wonderful card.

  3. I remember pulling Jim Crawford’s 1976 Traded card from a pack, the ones with the newspaper headlines. I had no idea who Crawford was and when I read the headline “Bengals Get Catfish From Astros” I was like, “dude, somebody else has that nickname.”

  4. Kinda cool to see two Expos sitting on top of the NL POY voting in 1977. I have a copy of You Gotta Have Wa too, but I haven’t started reading it.

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