The 1970’s, A To Z: Rennie Stennett to Mel Stottlemyre

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.


RENNIE STENNETT

1977 Hostess #100

Played 1971 – 1981
1970’s Teams: Pirates

1970’s Highlights:
Was the Pirates starting 2nd baseman from 1974 to 1977; Set a record by getting 7 hits (4 singles, 2 doubles and a triple) in a 9-inning game as the Bucs beat up on the Cubs 22-0… in that game, he also set a record by twice getting two hits in an inning during the same game; Made a run at the batting title in 1977 with a .336 average, but broke his leg towards the end of the season and teammate Dave Parker ended up leading the league with a .338 average; Got a single in his sole 1979 World Series appearance, which would be his last with the Pirates

Fun Stuff:
Was part of the first all-black Major League lineup on 9/1/71


STEVE STONE

1976 SSPC #302

Played 1971 – 1981
1970’s Teams: Giants, White Sox, Cubs, Orioles

1970’s Highlights:
Was the White Sox opening day starter in 1978, a year after winning a then-career-high 15 games in 1977; Was part of the trade that sent Ron Santo from the Cubs to the White Sox

Career Highlights:
In 1980 he went 25-7, was an All-Star and won a Cy Young Award… over half of his pitches were curveballs, which would ruin his arm and end his career after the following season

Fun Stuff:
Better known to some for his long broadcasting career, he’s currently a member of the White Sox broadcast team


BILL STONEMAN

1970 Topps #398

Played 1967 – 1974
1970’s Teams: Expos, Angels

1970’s Highlights:
Drafted from the Cubs in the 1968 expansion draft, Stoneman became the ace of the early Expos pitching staffs; He threw his second career no-hitter against the Mets on 10/2/1972, striking out 9 and walking 7; Set an Expos/Nationals franchise mark with 20 complete games in 1971; His 251 strikeouts in 1971 would stand as an Expos team record until it was broken by Pedro Martinez 26 years later; Was an All-Star in 1972

Career Highlights:
His first career no-hitter came against the Phillies on 4/17/69, the 10th game in Expos history; Was the General Manager of the Expos (1987 – 1988) and Angels (1999 – 2007 and again in 2015), and it was under his watch that the Angels won their only World Championship (2002)

Fun Stuff:
Is the only pitcher in Major League history to throw a no-hitter for his first and last complete games

Card Stuff:
Was the first Expos player to appear on a League Leaders card (1972 Topps #95, “NL Strikeout Leaders”)


MEL STOTTLEMYRE

1970 Topps Super #27

Played 1964 – 1974
1970’s Teams: Yankees

1970’s Highlights:
Was named an All-Star for the 5th and final time in 1970; Was the Yankees’ opening day starter in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974; His career was undone by a torn rotator cuff during the 1974 season

Career Highlights:
Was a five-time All-Star and a three-time 20-game winner; As a rookie in 1964 he started three games in the World Series, all against Bob Gibson, and got a win, a loss and a no-decision; Has a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park; Was a pitching coach for the Yankees, Mariners, Mets and Astros

Fun Stuff:
His sons Todd and Mel Jr. both pitched in the Majors

Card Stuff:
His first Major League card was a World Series highlights card (#133, which came in the 2nd series of 1965 Topps) while his rookie card came in the 7th series; Was in 1975 Topps but he was released by the Yankees at the end of that year’s spring training

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