The 1970’s, A To Z: Amos Otis to Jim Palmer

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.


1971 Topps Super #45

Played 1967 – 1984
1970’s Teams: Royals

1970’s Highlights:
Was a five-time All-star and a three-time Gold Glove; Was the AL’s starting center fielder in the 1973 All-Star Game; Lead the league with 52 stolen bases in 1971 and in doubles in 1970 and 1976; Got a first place vote in 1976 AL MVP voting; Got the first hit at Royals Stadium, 4/10/73

Career Highlights:
Played 17 seasons and had 2,020 hits;  Was part of the inagural induction class of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, 1986;  After the 1969 season he was traded by the Mets to Kansas City as part of a package for 3rd baseman Joe Foy… One of a series of bad Mets trades which resulted from the revolving door at 3rd base in the late 1960s and early 1970s

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


1979 Burger King Phillies #1

Managed 1973 – 1984
1970’s Teams: Phillies

1970’s Highlights:
Managed the Phillies from 1973 to 1979, winning three division titles but losing three times in the NLCS; Was named the Manager of the Year in 1976; won 100 games in 1976 and 1977

Career Highlights:
Played in the minors in the Dodgers organization; managed the Giants in the 1984 season

Fun Stuff:
Fought in World War II and received a Purple Heart

After a quick run through O, we’re moving on to P…


1976 SSPC #88

Played 1970 – 1987
1970’s Teams: Dodgers, Braves, Mariners

1970’s Highlights:
Went 2-for-3 in the 1974 postseason with the Dodgers; Was named the Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year in 1972

Career Highlights:
Was an All-Star in 1981; Was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame; In 1968 he became the 1st first-team All-American in University of Houston history

Fun Stuff:
His brothers Jim and John both had cups of coffee in the Majors; While in college he played a football game against Michigan State and Steve Garvey; Was drafted by the AFL’s Miami Dolphins

Card Stuff:
Shares a rookie card with Don Baylor and Dusty Baker… Paciorek and Baker would later be involved in the same trade between the Dodgers and Braves


1979 Topps #295

Played 1977 – 1984
1970’s Teams: A’s

1970’s Highlights:
Came up in the Pirates system but was dealt as a prospect to the A’s in a March 1977 trade which also involved Tony Armas, Doug Bair, Rick Langford, Doc Medich and Phil Garner; With the A’s he was a 1977 Topps All-Star Rookie and the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year (although he finished second to Eddie Murray in the official ROY voting); In 1977 he set a since-broken American League record by stealing 26 bases in a row

Fun Stuff:
Appeared in the 1994 movie “Angels in the Outfield”

Card Stuff:
His 1978 Topps rookie card includes the Topps All-Star Rookie cup logo, and he also had rookie cards in 1978 Hostess and Kellogg’s


1979 Topps #340

Played 1965 – 1984
1970’s Teams: Orioles

1970’s Highlights:
Won Cy Young Awards in 1973, 1975 and 1976, plus finished in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in four other seasons; won 20 or more games in 8 seasons; Lead the league in ERA in 1973 and 1975; Lead the league in shutouts in 1975; Was an All-Star six times and was the starting All-Star pitcher in 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1978; Won four Gold Gloves; Finished 2nd to Reggie Jackson in 1973 AL MVP voting

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990; Inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1986 and his #22 has been retired by the team; Is the Orioles career leader for complete games (211), shutouts (53), wins (268), strikeouts (2212) and several other categories; Was just shy of his 21st birthday when he pitched a shutout in game 2 of the 1966 World Series, beating the Dodgers and Sandy Koufax; Won pennants with the Orioles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; Never gave up a grand slam; Threw a no-hitter against the A’s in 1969

Fun Stuff:
Had a small role in “The Naked Gun” (1988); Was offered a basketball scholarship to UCLA; Is also known for his series of ads for Jockey underwear; Has been an Orioles broadcaster since the early 1990s

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

3 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Amos Otis to Jim Palmer

  1. I remember watching how bad the Phillies were in the late 60’s to early 70’s, then Danny Ozark came in 73 to slowly put together a winner, but he couldn’t the nlcs from 76 thru 78. The Phillies over the last 5 years are just as bad, even worse at times watching them play.

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