The 1970’s, A To Z: Danny Goodwin to Bobby Grich

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.


DANNY GOODWIN

1979 Topps #322

Played 1975 – 1982
1970’s Teams: Angels, Twins

1970’s Highlights:
I wanted to include Danny Goodwin because he remains the only player ever to have been drafted 1st overall TWICE… By the White Sox in 1971 and by the Angels in 1975; As a catcher in college, Goodwin was a three-time All-American, was named the 1975 College Player of the Year and was part of the USA National Team; As a pro, an arm injury forced him to become a 1B/DH;  His best offensive Major League season came in 1979 with the Twins when he hit .289 with 5 homers and 27 RBI over 58 games

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011


RICH “GOOSE” GOSSAGE

1978 Kellogg’s #8

Played 1972 – 1994
1970’s Teams: White Sox, Pirates, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Won the Fireman of the Year award in 1975 and 1978; Had three seasons in the 1970’s where he appeared in at least 62 games and had an ERA of 2.01 or less; Shut down the Dodgers for the final two innings of the clinching game of the 1978 World Series (although the Yankees had too big of a lead to get Gossage the Save);

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008; Got Cy Young and MVP votes in 5 different seasons; Finished his career with 310 saves and a 3.01 ERA; Got 52 saves of at least 7 outs

Fun Stuff:
Was the last White Sox pitcher to bat before the DH; In 1976 White Sox manager Paul Richards put Gossage and fellow reliever Terry Forster in the starting rotation, an experiment which didn’t have great results for Gossage (9-17, 3.94)

Card Stuff:
The featured card is the only nationally-distributed card to show Gossage in an actual Pirates uniform (He was airbrushed into a Pirates cap in 1977 Hostess); His 31 game stint with the Giants in 1989 was reflected only by a Mother’s Cookies card


WAYNE GRANGER

1976 Topps #516

Played 1968 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Reds, Twins, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox, Astros, Expos

1970’s Highlights:
Granger was inducted into the Reds HOF in 1982 despite having pitched only 3 seasons for the team; Got the final out and the final win at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, 6/24/1970; Was Fireman of the year in 1970 and lead the league with 35 saves

Career Highlights:
Set a NL record (since broken) and a Reds team record (still standing) in 1969 with 90 relief appearances

Card Stuff:
Had his cap airbrushed in 3 straight Topps sets: 1972 (Twins), 1973 (Cardinals) and 1974 (Yankees)


JIM “MUDCAT” GRANT

1972 Topps #111

Played 1958 – 1971
1970’s Teams: A’s, Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Made his last career appearance in game 3 of the 1971 ALCS; Lead the Majors with 80 games pitched in 1970 but because he split the season between Oakland and Pittsburgh he didn’t lead either league in that category

Career Highlights:
Won 21 games with 6 shutouts in 1965; was an All-Star in 1963 and 1965; Threw two complete games and got both wins in the 1965 World Series against the Dodgers, but the Twins would lose to the Bums in 7 games; Was selected by the Expos in the 1968 expansion draft and started the Expos first game;

Fun Stuff:
Had a Jazz band called “Mudcat and the Kittens”;  His nephew, Dominic Brown, played for the Phillies from 2010 to 2015

Card Stuff:
Appeared in the 1972 set but didn’t pitch in the Majors after 1971; Didn’t appear in 1970 Topps despite pitching in 41 games in 1969


BOBBY GRICH

1974 Topps #109

Played 1970 – 1986
1970’s Teams: Orioles, Angels

1970’s Highlights:
Won 4 Gold Gloves; Was the starting AL All-Star shortstop in 1972 and 2nd baseman in 1976; Was also an All-Star in 1974 and 1979; Was in the top 10 in on-base percentage from 1973 to 1976; was involved in two Triple plays – 7/7/73 vs A’s, 9/20/73 vs. Tigers;

Career Highlights:
Was inducted into the Angels HOF in 1988 and the Orioles HOF in 1998; Lead the AL in the strike-shortened 1981 season with 22 homers and a .543 On-Base Percentage;

Card Stuff:
His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card has a different photo

2 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Danny Goodwin to Bobby Grich

  1. It’s weird seeing Gossage with the Pirates. I guess it’s because I probably didn’t see this Kellogg’s card until I was an adult. Mudcat is a cool nickname. And when I used to build teams with my baseball cards… I remember using Grich as my second baseman with my 1981 Fleer cards.

  2. Both Goodwin and Gossage played one season in Japan – Goodwin in 1986 with the Nankai Hawks and Gossage in 1990 also with the Hawks although they’d been sold to Daiei and moved to Fukuoka by then. There’s a card of Goodwin in the 1986 Takara Hawks set but no Japanese cards of Gossage.

    Goodwin is one of four 1st overall draft picks to play in Japan along with Floyd Bannister, Bob Horner and Bryan Bullington. Gossage is one of only two US Hall Of Famers to play in Japan – the other one is Larry Doby.

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