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.
This post is unique in that it features three pairs of players with the same last names… but only two of the six players are related!
1972 Topps #525
Played 1966 – 1975
1970’s Teams: A’s, Angels
Lead the league with 5 shutouts and 40 starts in 1970; Lead the 1970 A’s in innings pitched (267) and complete games (13); Injuries shortened Dobson’s career, he pitched just 9 games in AA in 1972 and only pitched 15 Major League games in the following 3 years
In 1968 he and Reggie Jackson became the first interracial road roommates in Major League baseball
Played in Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989
Was included in the 1971 Kellogg’s set; Because of injuries he was missing from 1973 and 1974 Topps, then made one last appearance in 1975 Topps
BONUS CARTOON (BECAUSE I ALREADY HAD IT UPLOADED INTO WORDPRESS)
1974 Topps #463
Played 1967 – 1977
1970’s Teams: Padres, Orioles, Braves, Yankees, Indians
Went 20-8 with the 1971 Orioles and was one of four O’s to win 20 games that season (the other three being Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally); Was the Opening Day Starter for the Padres in 1970 (getting the win against Phil Niekro and the defending NL West champion Braves) and for the Orioles in 1972 (beating the Yankees); Started the first night game in World Series history (1971); During an Orioles tour of Japan in late 1971, Dobson no-hit the Yomiuri Giants; In 1970 with the Padres he lead the league with 19 sacrifice bunts; In 1970 he set Padres team records with 14 wins and 185 strikeouts, only to have Clay Kirby break both records the following season
Pitched 7 seasons in the minors before breaking through with Tigers in 1967; Won a World Championship with the 1968 Tigers
Was a manager with the Fort Myers Sun Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association; Gave up Eddie Murray’s first MLB homer while pitching for the Indians in 1977
Before the 1976 season he was traded to the Indians for Oscar Gamble, and was the other side of the trade which resulted in the famous Topps Traded card of Gamble and his Afro
1974 Topps #620
Played 1961 – 1977
1970’s Teams: A’s, Brewers, Dodgers
In 1971, Downing’s first season with the Dodgers, he won 20 games, lead the league with 5 shutouts, won the Comeback Player of the Year award, finished 3rd in Cy Young voting and got a first place vote (the Cubs’ Fergie Jenkins was the winner)
Lead the League with 217 strikeouts in 1964; Was an All-Star in 1967; Downing played 9 years for the Yankees and 7 years for the Dodgers, and in between he split the 1970 season between the A’s and Brewers; Was the first African-American starting pitcher in Yankees history; in 1967 he became the first Yankees pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches; Pitched in three World Series (1962, 1963 and 1974)
Al Downing famously gave up Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run
This is one of my favorite combo cards in my collection.
1976 Topps #23
Played 1973 – 1992
1970’s Teams: White Sox, Angels
In 1979 he helped the Angels win their first division title, was named to the All-Star team and had a career-high .326 average with 12 home runs and 75 RBI; Hit an inside-the-park home run in his first MLB AB; originally an IF/OF, converted to catcher in 1974
Was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in 2009; Ranks in the Angels’ top 3 in at-bats, hits, doubles and RBI, plus ranks 4th in home runs; Holds Angels career mark by being hit by a pitch 105 times; played in the ALCS in 1979, 1982 and 1986, all with the Angels
Was one of the first Major Leaguers to take up bodybuilding year-round, which earned him the nickname “The Incredible Hulk”
His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card is cropped tighter than his Topps card
1973 Topps #424
Played 1970 – 1977
1970’s Teams: Phillies, Angels, Red Sox
Got 8 hits, including a double and triple, in the 1975 World Series; his 22 game hitting streak was the longest in the AL in 1975; Broke up a Steve Arlin no-hitter with 2 outs in the ninth, 7/18/72 – to this day, the Padres have never had a no-hitter
Denny is the older brother of identical twins Brian and Blake Doyle, both of whom played professional baseball. Together, the three brothers founded the Doyle Baseball Camp in Lakeland, FL
Bonus card – 1979 TOPPS #710 – YANKEES PROSPECTS including BRIAN DOYLE
I wouldn’t normally feature a player whose only 1970s card is a multi-player rookie card, but Brian Doyle, younger brother of Denny Doyle, earned a spot here for his performance in the 1978 World Series.
After Willie Randolph’s injured leg “proved unstable”, Brian Doyle was added to the postseason roster and platooned with Fred Stanley. Doyle broke out in games 5 and 6, going 6 for 9 with a double, four runs scored and 2 RBI
Despite the World Series heroics, Brian Doyle never spent a full season in the Majors nor played more than 39 Major League games a season during his career.