The 1970’s, A To Z: Jim “Catfish” Hunter to Reggie Jackson

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.


JIM “CATFISH” HUNTER

1974 Topps #7

Played 1965 – 1979
1970’s Teams: A’s, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Won the Cy Young Award in 1974 while leading the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA; Got 7 first place votes for the 1975 Cy Young but finished second to Jim Palmer (98 to 74); Also in 1975 he lead the league with 23 wins and 30 complete games; Won three World Championships with the A’s (1972, 1973 and 1974) and two more with the Yankees (1977, 1978); Compiled a 5-3 record with a 3.29 ERA over six World Series (9 starts and 3 relief appearances); Won 21 games or more from 1971 to 1975; Was the A’s Opening Day Starter in 1973 and 1974 and the Yankees’ Opening Day starter in 1976 and 1977; Holds A’s Single season mark (set in 1972) with a .189 Batting Average Against; Was the AL’s starting pitcher in the 1973 All-Star Game; Pinch hit (and struck out) in 20th inning of the A’s 20-inning 1-0 win over California, July 9, 1971

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987; Inducted into the inaugural class (2018) of the Athletics HOF and had his #27 retired by the team; An eight-time All-Star; Pitched a perfect game against the Twins on May 8, 1968; Never pitched in the minor leagues

Fun Stuff:
Wrote two cookbooks in the 1970s

Card Stuff:
Appears in every “regular” Topps set of the 1970’s


TOM HUTTON

1975 Topps #477

Played 1966 – 1981
1970’s Teams: Phillies, Blue Jays, Expos

1970’s Highlights:
Had spent 7 years in the Dodgers system before being traded to the Phillies for Larry Hisle before the 1972 season; Was named the 1st baseman on the 1972 Topps All-Star Rookie team (although his 1973 card doesn’t show the trophy)

Career Highlights:
Hutton had Tom Seaver’s number, batting .320 against him lifetime

Fun Stuff:
His 75th birthday was this past Tuesday! (4/20); He married Phillies teammate Dick Ruthven’s twin sister

Card Stuff:
Had three “Rookie Stars” cards in 1967, 1969 and 1972 before getting his own card in 1973;  Appeared in 1978 Hostess with the Blue Jays, his only nationally-issued card appearance with the Jays


Moving from H to I (however briefly…)


MIKE IVIE

1976 SSPC #127

Played 1971 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Padres, Giants

1970’s Highlights:
First overall pick – as a catcher – in the 1970 draft; Named the 1st baseman on the 1975 Topps All-Star Rookie team; Lead the 1976 Padres with a .291 average and 70 RBI

Career Highlights:
Played in 857 games over 11 seasons, but never had more than 489 ABs in a season

Card Stuff:
Appeared on Rookie Stars cards in 1972 and 1973, but didn’t get a solo card until 1976


…And moving from I to J…


GRANT JACKSON

1978 Topps #661

Played 1965 – 1982
1970’s Teams: Phillies, Orioles, Yankees, Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Lead the 1973 Orioles staff with a 1.90 ERA; As a relief pitcher he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in Game 7 of the World Series and picked up the win… it was his 4th appearance in that series and he gave up no runs to the Orioles; Was part of a big 11-player June 1976 trade begween the Orioles and Yankees; Despite pitching well for the Yanks in the regular season, he was left exposed in that Fall’s expansion draft, was selected by the Mariners and then flipped to Pittsburgh a month later

Fun Stuff:
Pitched for the Orioles against the Pirates (1971 World Series) and pitched for the Pirates against the Orioles (1979 World Series)

Card Stuff:
Appears in 1977 Topps with the Mariners, a team he never played for, yet never appeared in a nationally-issued set as a Yankee, a team he pitched for in the World Series; Appears in every “regular” Topps set of the 1970’s; I picked the featured card because I love the warmup jacket.


REGGIE JACKSON

1978 Topps #200

Played 1967 – 1987
1970’s Teams: A’s, Orioles, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Was voted the AL MVP in 1973, a year when he lead the league with 99 runs, 32 homers, 117 RBI and a .531 Slugging Percentage; Was the starting AL right fielder in the 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1977 All-Star Games; Was also named to the All-Star teams in 1971 and from 1978 to 1984; In 1977 he became the first player to hit five homers in a World Series and in Game 6 that series, he hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches by three different pitchers; Was he first player since Babe Ruth to hit three home runs in a World Series game

Career Highlights:
Incucted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993; 14-time All-Star; MVP of the 1973 and 1977 World Series; Was the 2nd overall draft pick in 1966 (the Mets famously drafted catcher Steve Chilcott with the first pick); Like with Jim Hunter, was inducted into the inaugural class (2018) of the Athletics HOF; Is the only member of “The 500 HR Club” to have never homered 30+ times in consecutive seasons; Inducted into the Arizona State University Hall of Fame in 1975; Holds the Major League career record with 2,597 strikeouts; Holds the Athletics team record for most intentional bases-on-balls in a career (84); Lead the AL in home runs four times; His #9 has been retired by the Athletics and his #44 has been retired by the Yankees

Fun Stuff:
Had appearances in Diff’rent Strokes, The Jeffersons, MacGyver, The Love Boat, Mr. Belvedere, Blossom, Malcolm In The Middle and of course The Naked Gun (“I must kill the Queen”); The Orioles were the only team that Reggie played for without a corresponding All-Star appearance; Had a candy bar (the “Reggie! Bar”) named after him in the late 1970s; He’s a distant cousin of Barry Bonds

Card Stuff:
Appears in every “regular” Topps and Hostess set of the 1970’s; Appeared as an Oriole in the very rare 1977 Topps Proofs


3 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Jim “Catfish” Hunter to Reggie Jackson

  1. Reggie Jackson started with wearing 31 with KCA then 9 with OA & BO, more famous for wearing 44 for the remainder of his MLB career. Reggie did not play in the 1972 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. What more can be said about Catfish Hunter who did everything a pitcher has done. Tommy Hutton was a good backup player with a decent bat & glove. Don’t know too much about Grant Jackson or Mike Ivie.

  2. I’d love to stumble across one of Hunter’s cook books at a flea market… just to see what kind of recipes he had in it. And I love the photograph used on that 1978 Topps Reggie.

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