The 1970’s, A To Z: Eddie Murray to Graig Nettles

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.


1978 Topps #36

Played 1977 – 1997
1970’s Teams: Orioles

1970’s Highlights:
Was named the 1977 American League Rookie of the Year and a Topps All-STar Rookie; In 1978 he was an All-Star for the first time at the age of 22

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the baseball HOF in 2003 and the Orioles HOF in 1999; An 8-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove and 3-time Silver Slugger; Is one of five players with 500 home runs and 3000 hits; Holds the Orioles career record with 135 intentional bases-on-balls; Finished second in MVP voting in 1982 and 1983 and finished in the top 5 from 1981 to 1985, but never won; Played the most games at first base of anyone in Major League history

Fun Stuff:
His brother Rich had two cups of coffee with the Giants and he has three other brothers who played in the minors

Card Stuff:
Since he didn’t get a card until after his ROY season, his 1978 Topps rookie card features the All-Star Rookie trophy, and he also has rookie cards in 1978 Kellogg’s and Hostess


1974 Topps #489

Played 1941 – 1951
Managed 1957 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Managed the 1971 World Champion Pirates; After that championship season he moved into the front office and was replaced by Bill Virdon, but he moved back into the managerial position towards the end of the 1973 season; After the 1976 season he retired because of his health and to spend more time with his family but sadly he suffered a stroke a couple of months later and died two days after that

Career Highlights:
His #40 was retired by the Pirates in 1977; Lead the Pirates to a World Championship in 1960; Lead the NL in stolen bases in 1941

Card Stuff:
The same photo was used on his 1971 and 1974 cards

Just because it’s already been posted here on my blog, here’s a reprint I have of Murtaugh’s 1951 Bowman card

After spending four months in the letter “M”, we move on to “N”…


1974 Topps #355

Played 1968 – 1977
1970’s Teams: Senators, Rangers, Royals

1970’s Highlights:
Was named to the 1973 American League All-Star Game; Finished 2nd in stolen bases in 1972, 1 SB behind leader Bert Campaneris; Stole 2nd, 3rd and home in the same inning in 1974; Scored the last Senators run at RFK stadium in 1971; Started at 3rd base in first-ever Rangers game; was the first batter at Royals Stadium, 4/10/1973

Career Highlights:
Was named the 2nd baseman on the 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie team

Card Stuff:
Appears in 1970 Topps with the Indians, but had been traded to the Senators late in 1969


1970 Topps #633

Played 1967 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Royals, Reds

1970’s Highlights:
Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings for the Reds in the 1973 NLCS; His 2.08 ERA and 6 shutouts in 1972 still stand as Royals franchise records; Threw a 2-hit CG in the last game at Kansas City Municipal Stadium, 10/4/72

Career Highlights:
Was the Royals’ first pick in the 1968 expansion draft

Fun Stuff:
Was the last Royals pitcher to bat before the Designated Hitter went into effect

Card Stuff:
Purchased from the Reds after the 1974 season, Roger was airbrushed into a White Sox cap in 1975 Topps but he was released towards the end of spring training and didn’t play for the Chisox that season


1976 Topps #169

Played 1967 – 1988
1970’s Teams: Indians, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Was the starting 3rd baseman in the 1975 All-Star Game; Won a Gold Glove in 1977 and 1978; In the 1977 AL MVP voting he got 2 first place votes but finished 5th behind winner Rod Carew; Won World Championships with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978; Lead the AL with 32 home runs in 1976

Career Highlights:
Was named the MVP of the 1981 ALCS; Was a 6-time All-Star

Fun Stuff:
Graig’s younger brother Jim played for the Twins, Tigers, Royals and A’s

Card Stuff:
Appeared in every flagship Topps set of the 1970s; Appeared in all five 1970s Hostess sets; The photo on his 1977 O-Pee-Chee and Burger King cards was cropped more tightly than on his 1977 Topps card

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