The 1970’s, A To Z: Gaylord Perry to Rico Petrocelli

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.


GAYLORD PERRY

1970 Kellogg’s #20

Played 1962 – 1983
1970’s Teams: Giants, Indians, Rangers, Padres

1970’s Highlights:
Won Cy Young Awards in each league, the first to do so – in 1972 with Cleveland when he went 24-16 with a 1.92 ERA and 29 complete games, and in 1978 with San Diego when he went 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA; Both Cy Young Awards came in his first season with a new team; Had four 20 win seasons, three of which lead the league; was a four-time All-Star; Was the starting AL pitcher in the 1974 All-Star Game

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991; Won 314 career games and struck out 3,534 batters; Holds the San Francisco single-season mark with 328.2 IP; Was the third pitcher in history (after Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson) to reach the 3,000 strikeout mark… currently sits at 8th overall

Fun Stuff:
His brother is Jim Perry, who also won a Cy Young and who is featured next

Card Stuff:
Appeared in every flagship Topps set of the 1970s; Appeared in every Hostess set of the 1970s; Had a solo rookie card in 1962 but then was featured on a multi-player “Rookie Stars” card in 1963; His 1975 Hostess card uses the same photo as his 1974 Topps card


JIM PERRY

1970 Kellogg’s #64

Played 1959 – 1975
1970’s Teams: Twins, Tigers, Indians, A’s

1970’s Highlights:
Won the 1970 Cy Young Award after leading the league with 24 wins plus striking out 168 with an ERA of 3.04… He and Gaylord are the only brothers to have both won the Cy Young; In 1974 and 1975 he and Gaylord were teammates with the Indians

Career Highlights:
Won 20 games in 1969; lead the league with 18 wins and 4 shutouts in 1960; Finished 2nd in 1959 AL Rookie of the Year voting and was named to that year’s Topps All-Star Rookie team


GARY PETERS

1971 Topps #225

Played 1959 – 1972
1970’s Teams: Red Sox

1970’s Highlights:
Won 16 games in 1970 and 14 games in 1971; Was the Red Sox opening day starter in 1970; Despite giving up only 2 ER, was the losing pitcher in White Sox 22-13 win over the Red Sox, 5/31/70

Career Highlights:
Was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1963; Was an All-Star in 1964 and 1967; Lead the AL in ERA in 1963 and 1966; Lead the league in wins in 1964

Fun Stuff:
A good hitter for a pitcher, Peters homered in 9 straight seasons and had a .222 career average

Card Stuff:
The photos for Peters and teammate J.C. Martin were switched on their 1960 Topps cards

Nobody cares, but…
The last card I obtained when I completed my 1968 Topps Game insert set was Gary Peters


FRITZ PETERSON

1976 Cleveland Indians Team-Issued postcard

Played 1966 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Yankees, Indians, Rangers

1970’s Highlights:
Won 20 games in 1970, was an All-Star and lead the league with a WHIP of 1.102 (not that anybody tracked that in 1970); Was the starting pitcher for the last game at original Yankee Stadium, 9/30/73

Career Highlights:
Has the best career ERA of any lefty in the original Yankee Stadium and has the lowest WHIP of any post-WWII Yankees starting pitcher; Is among the Yankees leaders for longest career without a postseason appearance

Fun Stuff:
During the 1972/73 season he did color commentary for the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association (He had played semi-pro hockey before dedicating himself to baseball)


RICO PETROCELLI

1975 Hostess #132

Played 1963 – 1976
1970’s Teams: Red Sox

1970’s Highlights:
Batted .308 with 3 runs and 4 RBI in the 1975 World Series; Had 29 HR and a career-high 103 RBI in 1970; Was the Red Sox starting shortstop, then 3rd baseman for most of his career

Career Highlights:
Was the AL’s starting All-Star shortstop in 1967 and 1969; In 1969 he set an AL record for a shortstop by hitting 40 HRs (a record broken by Alex Rodriguez in 1998); Was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997; Was named to the 1965 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

5 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Gaylord Perry to Rico Petrocelli

  1. A. Pretty cool that the Perry Brothers both won the Cy Young Award. I knew Gaylord had won two, but forgot about Jim.

    B. Love that both are in the 1970 Kellogg’s set (my favorite Kellogg’s set).

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