The 1970’s, A To Z: George Hendrick to Larry Herndon

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.


GEORGE HENDRICK

1979 Hostess #66

Played 1971 – 1988
1970’s Teams: A’s, Indians, Padres, Cardinals

1970’s Highlights:
Named to the All-Star teams in 1974 and 1975; In a 9-inning game against the Braves on August 25, 1978, Hendrick hit a Grand Slam, a three-run homer, a double, a single and was hit by a pitch; Scored winning run in game 5 of 1972 WS and got on a 1973 Topps card for it; Won a World Championship with the 1972 A’s; Was named the Padres’ team MVP in 1977 after batting .311 with 23 homers and 81 RBI

Career Highlights:
In the 1980’s he made two additional All-Star teams, Won two Silver Sluggers and got MVP votes in four seasons; Won a World Championship with the 1982 Cardinals

Card Stuff:
His 1975 card shows him at original Yankee Stadium, which closed after the 1973 season; His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card is unique in that it took a different photo of him wearing an Indians visor and airbrushed it into an oddly-shaped Padres cap


ELROD HENDRICKS

1976 Topps #371

Played 1968 – 1979
1970’s Teams: Orioles, Cubs, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Had a double, homer and 4 RBI and batted .364 in the 1970 World Series; Pitched 2.1 shutout innings in a 24-10 loss to the Blue Jays on June 26, 1978; Was traded to the Cubs for Tommy Davis on 8/18/72 and then two months later was traded back to the O’s for Frank Estrada

Career Highlights:
Was the Orioles’ bullpen coach for 28 seasons starting in 1978, and was briefly activated as a player in 1978 and 1979; Inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2001; Although his #44 has never been officially retired, nobody has worn it since Elrod passed away in 2005

Card Stuff:
Hendricks’ time with the Cubs and Yankees never appeared on a mainstream baseball card


ENZO HERNANDEZ

1977 Topps #522

Played 1971 – 1978
1970’s Teams: Padres, Dodgers

1970’s Highlights:
Enzo Hernandez had a good glove, was a stolen base threat and a fan favorite in San Diego; He held the Padres club record with 21 stolen bases in 1971 and broke that record with 37 in 1974 — that record was broken by Ozzie in 1978 and is currently tied for 15th; Enzo also had the Padres all-time stolen base record with 129, which was broken by Ozzie in 1981; In 1975 he lead the NL with 24 Sac bunts; was Involved in turning a Triple Play against the Braves 8/1/71


KEITH HERNANDEZ

1979 Topps #695

Played 1974 – 1990
1970’s Teams: Cardinals

1970’s Highlights:
Was co-winner, along with Willie Stargell, of the 1979 NL MVP Award… although Stargell got 10 1st place votes to Keith’s 4; On his way to the Co-MVP he lead the league with a .344 aveage, 116 runs and 48 doubles; Was an All-Star in 1978 and 1979; Won Gold Gloves in 1978 and 1979; Named the August, 1979 NL Player of the Month after batting .384 with 20 runs, 21 RBI, 14 doubles, 48 hits and 13 walks; Was involved in turning a triple play vs.the Astros, 5/8/77

Career Highlights:
Won 11 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1978 to 1988; Won World Championships with the 1982 Cardinals and 1986 Mets; Was the first Mets player named team captain; Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1997; Has been a Mets broadcaster since 1999

Fun Stuff:
His father and brother played in minor league baseball; Made appearances on “Seinfeld” (playing himself) and “Law and Order” (playing a character)

Card Stuff:
His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card is cropped tighter than the 1977 Topps card


LARRY HERNDON

1977 Topps #397

Played 1974 – 1988
1970’s Teams: Cardinals, Giants

1970’s Highlights:
Made his debut with the Cardinals in 1974 and was one of two minor leaguers traded to the Giants for Ron Bryant in 1975; Was named to the Topps 1976 All-Star Rookie team and was the Sporting News 1976 NL Rookie Player of the Year… TSN had separate awards for rookie position players and rookie pitchers, and the Official NL ROY award went to pitchers Pat Zachry and Butch Metzger

Career Highlights:
A member of the World Champion 1984 Tigers, Herndon has a career .310 Postseason batting average;

Card Stuff:
Had a 1977 Hostess card that could be considered a rookie card; His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card is missing the All-Star Rookie cup

4 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: George Hendrick to Larry Herndon

  1. It looks like Hendricks is in street clothes on that 1979 Hostess card.

    Elrod Hendricks was a temporary manager for the Orioles for four or five games during the 1988 season when Frank Robinson was getting treated for back issues. It didn’t go well but given that it was the 1988 Orioles that shouldn’t be held against him.

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