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.
1977 O-Pee-Chee #94
Played 1974 – 1977
1970’s Teams: Padres, Blue Jays
After cups of coffee with the Padres in 1974 and 1975, Scott’s contract was sold to the expansion Blue Jays in advance of the expansion draft. Blue Jays manager Roy Hartsfield had managed the Padres’ Triple-A team and was familiar with Scott, plus being a National League team these players were not available in the American League expansion draft; Started in left field for the Blue Jays in their first-ever game
Played 3 seasons with the Yakult Swallows, winning two Diamond Glove awards while there and was an All-Star in 1980
Shared a 1975 Topps “Rookie Outfielders” card with Jim Rice and a 1977 Topps “Rookie Outfielders” card with Andre Dawson; Appeared in 1978 Topps with the Blue Jays but was no longer with the team by then.
Bonus Card #1: 1979 TCMA Japanese Pro Baseball #21
Bonus Card #2: 1976 SSPC #131
1974 Topps #80
Played 1967 – 1986
1970’s Teams: Mets, Reds
Won his 2nd & 3rd Cy Young Awards in 1973 and 1975; Tied a record by striking out 19 Padres on 4/22/70, including the last 10 in a row; Lead the league in ERA in 1970, 1971 and 1973; Lead the league in wins in 1975; Lead the league in Strikeouts five times; while with the Reds, he no-hit the Cardinals, 6/16/78; Lost a no-hitter in the 9th inning on a Leron Lee single, 7/4/72; Lost a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th after the Cubs Joe Wallis singled, 9/24/75; Was an opening day starter each year of the decade
Inducted into the Baseball HOF in 1992; Was the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1969 NL Cy Young winner (giving him 3 Cy Young Awards in total); Was a 12-time All-Star; Won 311 career games; Came within 2 outs of a perfect game against the Cubs on 7/9/69 and Jimmy Qualls entered Mets infamy by breaking it up with a single; Holds a record by striking out 200+ batters in nine consecutive seasons; At the time of his retirement he was 3rd all-time with 3,640 strikeouts; His #41 has been retired by the Mets and a life-sized statue of him stands outside Citi Field
Was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves organization but that contract was nullified by Commissioner William Eckert for breaking a rule involving the signing of college players
Appeared in every Topps flagship set of the 1970s; Appeared in all five Hostess sets
1970 Topps #2
Played 1962 – 1977
1970’s Teams: A’s, Cardinals, Red Sox, Mariners
While with the A’s in 1970 he lead the AL with a 2.56 ERA; Started Game 3 of the 1971 ALCS for the A’s (taking a loss to the Orioles in the decisive game) and pitched an inning for the Red Sox in the 1975 World Series
Was selected by the Pilots from the A’s in the 1968 AL expansion draft, and then traded back to Oakland after the 1969 season (so he did not move to Milwaukee with his former Pilots teammates); Pitched in the opening game for both the Seattle Pilots and the Seattle Mariners (He was the M’s starting pitcher)
The A’s acquired Diego three different times (in 1958, 1966 and 1969); His son David played in the Majors from 1990 to 2004
1972 Kellogg’s #36
1970’s Teams: Red Sox, Rangers, Cardinals, Padres, A’s
Was an All-Star with the Red Sox in 1971; Tied a career high with 16 wins in 1971; Was the Winning pitcher in the Cardinals 25-inning 4-3 win over Mets, 9/11/74 (Longest game of the 1970’s, by innings played)
Was an All-Star twice in his career; Pitched a no-hitter against the Senators 6/10/66 with a 5th inning walk the only runner to reach base; Was Top 3 in ERA in 1965 and 1967, and 4th in strikeouts in 1965
Was given a tryout by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks; Started in the minors as an outfielder; Was the last AL pitcher to hit 2 home runs in a game; His full name is Wilfred Charles Siebert
1977 Topps #470
1970’s Teams: Cardinals
Six of his eight All-Star seasons came in the 1970s but because he was a catcher at the same time as Johnny Bench, his only game as a starter was in 1978; Caught Bob Gibson’s no-hitter, 8/14/7; His .332 batting average in 1975 was second only to Bill Madlock, who hit .354; Lead the league in Intentional Bases On Balls in 1976 and 1977 and held the Cardinals team record until it was broken by Albert Pujols
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020; Was the GM of the Pirates from 1992 to 1993; His career totals in hits, doubles, RBI and runs are among the best among catchers and his lifetime .285 average is tied with Yogi Berra and better than Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk
Was the first catcher to start an All-Star game for both leagues, getting the nod in 1978 with the Cardinals and in 1983 with the Brewers
Appeared in all five 1970’s Hostess sets
A QUICK APOLOGY TO THE FANS OF THIS SERIES (AND I KNOW THERE ARE AT LEAST A COUPLE)
I do realize that there’s been just one of these posts over the past four months, but that was more due to my own spiritual weariness than anything else. I didn’t mean to take this much time away from it, it just kind of happened.
To be honest, I’ve spent so much time on this series that don’t want to abandon it when I’m roughly 3/4 of the way through the alphabet.
I’m going to make a sincere effort to publish these regularly, even if I just feature a couple of players any given week.
Thank you for reading!