The 1970’s, A To Z: John Mayberry to Bake McBride

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.


1974 Topps #150

Played 1968 – 1982
1970’s Teams: Astros, Royals, Blue Jays

1970’s Highlights:
Was the starting 1st baseman on the 1973 AL All-Star Team; Finished 2nd to Fred Lynn in 1975 AL MVP voting for a season where he hit 34 homers with 106 RBI and 95 runs scored; Holds a Royals team record with 122 walks in 1973; Set and broke his own Royals team record with 100 RBI in 1972 and 1973, then 106 RBI in 1975 (Al Cowens would break it in 1977 and the others after that); Never lead the league in RBI’s, but was either 2nd or 3rd in those three seasons; lead the league in walks twice and in On-Base % in 1973; Hit for cycle 8/5/77 vs. White Sox; Got the first hit, also the first homer, at Royals Stadium, 4/10/73; Was involved in turning three Triple plays: Astros vs Reds 9/17/71, Jays vs Chisox 4/22/78 and Jays vs Indians 9/7/79; Drove in 7 runs in a game he did’t start, 6/26/78

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the KC Royals HOF, 1996

Fun Stuff:
Father of John Mayberry Jr. who played with the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mets from 2009 to 2015

Card Stuff:
Appeared in every flagship Topps set of the 1970s


197* Topps #xxx

Played 1948 – 1973
1970’s Teams: Giants, Mets

1970’s Highlights:
Hit his 3000th career hit on 7/18/70; Was the starting All-Star center fielder from 1970 to 1972; Got his final Major League hit in Game 2 of the 1973 World Series, an RBI single off Rollie Fingers in the 12th inning which would put the Mets on top to stay; Was traded back to New York in 1972 when the Giants sent him to the Mets in exchange for pitcher Charlie Williams

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979; Was named the NL MVP in 1964 and 1965; Was named the 1951 NL Rookie of the Year; Was named the All-Star Game MVP in 1963 and 1968; Appeared in 24 All-Star games, including each year from 1954 to 1973; Won 12 Gold Glove Awards; Was the 1954 Batting leader; Became the first player with 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases; At the time he retired, he was third on the All-Time career home run list; Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015

Fun Stuff:
Played himself on several episodes of The Donna Reed Show and also on Mr. Belvedere; Is the Godfather of Barry Bonds

Card Stuff:
Was the last player from 1952 Topps to appear in a Topps set as an active player; Makes an “uncredited” appearance in 1974 Topps on the Game 4 card of the 1973 World Series subset


1978 Topps #147

Played 1976 – 1989
1970’s Teams: Mets

1970’s Highlights:
The Mets 1st overall pick in 1973 and from Brooklyn, he was the starting center fielder in the late 1970s and one of the players a desperate fanbase looked towards (not that I would know anything about *that*…);  A legitimate case can be made that Mazzilli should’ve been the MVP of the 1979 All-Star game… Coming in as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning, he hit a solo home run off of Jim Kern to tie the game at 6-6, and then in the 9th he drew a bases-loaded base-on-balls off of Ron Guidry to drive in the game’s winning run;

Career Highlights:
In the long term, the biggest impact that Mazzilli had on the Mets was an indirect one… in April, 1982 he was traded to the Rangers for pitching prospects Ron Darling and Walt Terrell (who would later be sent to the Tigers for Howard Johnson); Would manage the Orioles for a year and a half

Fun Stuff:
Before playing pro baseball, Mazzilli was a speed skater who had won several championships;  His son L.J. Mazzilli currently plays for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League


1970 Topps #475

Played 1960 – 1975
1970’s Teams: Tigers, Red Sox

1970’s Highlights:
Was the Tiger’s starting 2nd baseman in the early 1970s; Hit a homer in the 1972 ALCS vs. Oakland

Career Highlights:
Three-time All-Star; Lead the league with 95 runs in 1968; In 1968 he didn’t ground into a single DP over 151 games; Won a World Championship with the 1968 Tigers


1975 Hostess #41

Played 1973 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Cardinals, Phillies

1970’s Highlights:
In his 1974 rookie season he batted .309 with 81 runs, 56 RBI and 30 stolen bases, he Was named the NL Rookie of the Year and was also named an outfielder on the Topps All-Star Rookie team; Was an All-Star in 1976; Scored (unearned) winning run on botched pickoff in 25th inning of Cardinals 4-3 win over the Mets, 9/11/74 – The longest game of the 1970’s by innings played

Career Highlights:
Had a .299 career batting average and batted over .300 7 times in 11 seasons; Won a World Championship with the Phillies in In the 1980 World Series he hit a home run in Game 1 and scored the winning run in Game 2

3 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: John Mayberry to Bake McBride

  1. The Red Sox traded away a 24 year old Ben Oglivie to get 32 year old McAuliffe, who played 107 games for them over the next two seasons and hit .206. Meanwhile Oglivie went on to have some monster seasons with the Brewers after McAuliffe was no longer playing.

    To repeat what I said about Marc Sullivan yesterday, it’s not like I’m still irritated about this after all these years…

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