The 1970’s, A To Z: Paul Molitor to Sid Monge

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.


PAUL MOLITOR

1979 Topps #8

Played 1978 – 1998
1970’s Teams: Brewers

1970’s Highlights:
Was a 1976 All-American and the 3rd-overall draft pick in 1977 (picked after Harold Baines and Bill Gullickson); Was named the 2nd baseman on the 1978 Topps All-Star Rookie team and was the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year, although he finished a distant second behind Lou Whitaker in the ‘official’ ROY voting; Lead the Brewers with 30 stolen bases during his 1978 rookie season

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball HOF in 2004; Inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame; Was the MVP of the 1993 World Series; Was a 7-time All-Star and 4-time Silver Slugger; Holds Brewers single season records with a .353 average in 1987, 136 runs in 1982 and 16 triples in 1979; Holds the Brewers career record with 412 stolen basees; Holds the Brewers hitting streak mark with 39 games in 1987; His career World Series batting average is .418; Managed the Twins from 2015 to 2018 and won the Manager of the Year award in 2017


RICK MONDAY

1975 Topps #129

Played 1966 – 1984
1970’s Teams: A’s, Cubs, Dodgers

1970’s Highlights:
Was the NL’s starting right fielder in the 1978 All-Star Game; Possibly his most famous moment of the 1970s came in 1976 when he snatched an American flag away from protesters who were attempting to burn it on the field at Dodger Stadium

Career Highlights:
Was the first overall draft pick in the very first MLB draft (1965, selected by the Kansas City Athletics); Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Hall of Fame; Was named to the 1965 College World Series All-Tournament team; Hit a game-winning homer in the 5th game of the 1981 NLCS to send the Dodgers to the World Series; Was named to the 1967 Topps All-Star Rookie Team;  He’s been a broadcaster for the Dodgers since 1993

Fun Stuff:
Was a teammate of Sal Bando and Duffy Dyer at Arizona State; As part of the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew” (with Jerry Reuss, Jay Johnstone and Steve Yeager) they recorded a version of “We Are The Champions” after the 1981 World Series (and screwed up the lyrics pretty badly)

Card Stuff:
Was in every flagship Topps set of the 1970s; Appears in 1977 O-Pee-Chee with an airbrushed Dodger cap (his 1977 Topps card shows him with the Cubs)


DON MONEY

1974 Topps #413

Played 1968 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Phillies, Brewers

1970’s Highlights:
Was the AL’s starting 2nd baseman in the 1978 All-Star Game; Was also an All-Star in 1974, 1976 and 1977; In 1974 he had the most consecutive errorless games by a 3rd baseman in one season (88 games)

Career Highlights:
Was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame; Was named to the 1969 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

Fun Stuff:
Hit the first home run at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, 4/10/71; He came up as a Phillies shortstop, was moved to 3rd to make way for Larry Bowa and was moved to Milwaukee to make way for Mike Schmidt

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


SID MONGE

1978 Topps #101

Played 1975 – 1984
1970’s Teams: Angels, Indians

1970’s Highlights:
In 1979 he was named to the AL All-Star team, was named the July AL Pitcher of the Month, went 12-10, 2.40 with 19 saves over the season and set a Indians team record with 76 appearances, a record which wouldn’t be broken until 2005

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004

Fun Stuff:
Gave up Frank Robinson’s final homer not long before Robinson would become Monge’s manager; Gave up Tony Gwynn’s first Major League hit, not long before he’d become Gwynn’s teammate

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