The 1970’s, A To Z: Richie Scheinblum to George Scott

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.


RICHIE SCHEINBLUM

1970 Topps #161

Played 1965-1974
1970’s Teams: Senators, Royals, Reds, Angels, Cardinals

1970’s Highlights:
Had a career year in 1972 with the Royals, batting .300 for the season with career highs in runs (60), RBI (66), doubles (21), triples (4), Homers (8) and hits (135); He was also named to the A.L. All-Star Team; Scheinblum lead the league in batting for most of the season but dropped off at the end and finished 6th; Played 2 seasons in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp and was the first player in NPB history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game

Fun Stuff:
Scheinblum was the last KC Royal other than George Brett to wear #5; Was the first Jewish switch-hitter to bat .300 for a full season

Card Stuff:
Despite the Topps card shown above, he spent all of 1970 playing with the Indians’ Triple-A team in Wichita


MIKE SCHMIDT

1975 Topps #70

Played 1972 – 1989
1970’s Teams: Phillies

1970’s Highlights:
Was an All-American in 1970 with Ohio University; Hit a ball off of a speaker at the Astrodome which went for a single, 6/10/74; During the decade he lead the league in homers 3 times; Was an all-star in 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1979, bu the only time he started the game was in 1979 – Ron Cey or Pete Rose started the other years

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995; Considered by many to be the best all-around third baseman in history; Was the NL MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986; Was a 12-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner; Was the MVP of the 1980 World Series; Holds a number of Phillies career records including homers, runs, RBI, walks, games, runs and sacrifice files; His 48 homers as a 3rd baseman in 1980 was a Major League record for 27 years; His #20 has been retired by the Phillies

Fun Stuff:
During the 13 games he played in 1972 he wore #22; Appeared on Family Feud in 1980 as the Phillies took on the Royals in a rematch of that year’s World Series

Bonus Card #1:
This card is from 1991 but shows Schmidt with the Double-A Reading Phillies in 1971

Bonus Card #2:
Schmidt has a cameo appearance on Steve Ontiveros’ 1976 card


GEORGE SCOTT

1975 Topps #360

1966 – 1979
1970’s Teams: Red Sox, Brewers, Royals, Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Lead the AL with 36 homers and 109 RBI in 1975; Was an all-star in 1975 and 1977; Set a Brewers team record with 88 RBI in 1972 and then broke his own record in 1973 (107) and 1975 (109).. that record has been eclipsed many times since then; On July 2nd, 1975 he broke up Rick Wise’s no-hitter with a two-out, two-run homer; Went 4-for-6 with a homer, double, run and 2 RBI in Red Sox wild 22-11 win over White Sox, 8/30/70

Career Highlights:
Was named to the Brewers’ Wall of Honor and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame; Won 8 Gold Gloves; Hit 271 home runs over his career; Was named to the 1966 Topps All-Star Rookie Team; Was a three-time All-Star

Fun Stuff:
His middle name was Charles, so technically that makes him “George C. Scott”

Card Stuff:
His 1977 O-Pee-Chee card is in the Airbrushing Hall of Fame (or would be if there were such a thing):

1977 Topps

1977 O-Pee-Chee

2 thoughts on “The 1970’s, A To Z: Richie Scheinblum to George Scott

  1. Scheinblum – Wasn’t familiar with him until this post. I wonder if he has an Calbee cards from his days with the Carp.

    Schmidt – I’ve been wanting one of his Classic autographs for years. Such a cool collectible and one of the earliest pack pulled autographs.

    Scott – Cool necklace on those 77 cards.

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