Random Team Review: 1975 Topps Milwaukee Brewers

This post is one of those times I put my thumb on the randomizer’s scale; I wanted to do a 1975 Topps team set, but the choice of team was random.

The 1975 Milwaukee Brewers finished the season with a 68-94 record, which put them in 5th in the American League East… 28 games behind the Red Sox.

Manager Del Crandall was fired before the final game of the season, and rumors were flying that Hank Aaron would be the new manager.  As it turned out, the Brew Crew would be managed by Alex Grammas in 1976, and the team wasn’t any better under him.

Before we get off the team card, I want to show the back of this card, which was dutifully checked-off by me back in 1975.

That’s what you do with checklists… You check them (or color in the squares in my case).

I’m going to get the two most obvious cards out of the way from the start…

Best Rookie card
Duh.

I’m working on two of these “Random Team” posts simultanously.  The other team has a rough choice of rookie cards.  Not the case with this set.

Robin Yount – who I should point out didn’t turn 20 years old until September, 1975 –  batted .267 with 67 runs, 52 RBI and 28 doubles.

Most Notable Airbrushing
Another “Duh”.

41-year-old Hank Aaron returned to Milwaukee to hit just 12 homers in 1975, his career-lowest for a season with at least 500 PA’s.  He’d also be an All-Star for the 25th and final time (He did play in 1976 but didn’t make the All-Star team).

Best Offensive Player;  Best On-Field Photo

In 1975 George “Boomer” Scott was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and lead the AL with 36 homers and 109 RBI.

Top Pitcher (shown on a card with the Brewers)

Jim Colborn went 11-13, 4.27 with 2 saves in 29 starts and 7 relief appearances.

Top Player pictured with another team:

Pete Broberg had the best record and ERA of anyone in the starting rotation.  He had been acquired in a trade at the 1974 Winter Meetings, and went 14-16, 4.13 with 7 complete games and 2 shutouts.  He also was tops in the American League by hitting 16 batters.

Best Name;  Best Nickname
Stormin’ Gorman Thomas

I should point out that Stormin’ Gorman wouldn’t stand a chance in the “Best Name” competition if Lafayette Currence, a pitcher who made 8 appearances in 1975, was included in 1975 Topps… Let’s not forget Sixto Lezcano, who was a regular in 1975 but whose rookie card was in 1976 Topps.

Best Cartoon

Most Obvious Hint For A Trivia Question

Card With The Most Personal Significance
As I’ve mentioned here before, back in 1975 or possibly 1976, this Ed Sprague was the final card I needed for my 1975 Topps set.

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Subverted Homework Assignment: My Top 25 Cardboard “Values”

I’m not talking about values like you’d find in a copy of Beckett, but a different kind of values…

Recently at work we were invited to (read: “expected to attend”) a meeting which gave an overview of a new “financial wellness” benefit we have. To my surprise, the meeting was interesting and gave us some things to think about, along with some homework we could do if we wanted to move forward with the program.

One of these assignments seemed interesting enough for the intended purpose: Write down 25 values you hold and then when you’ve finished, compare those values against how you spend your money.  By making the list 25 deep one has to get past the obvious stuff and give it some thought and consideration, and by comparing it against your spending habits you can get a better feel for whether you put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

I don’t mean to slight this task, but it occurred to me that it could be fun to apply it to our hobby:  What makes a card something I want and would value?

To make it a little more value-ish and less want list-y, I decided to leave out anything about cards which feature particular players, teams or sets.  I thought listing 25 things would be a challenge, but once I started rolling it got easier.

…And so, more or less in the order they popped into my head:

1 – Cards which feature cameo appearances of teams/players I collect…. This card of Glen Sharpley features Dennis Maruk and his awesome Fu Manchu, but nearly any 1970’s Capital would’ve done the trick.

2 – Goofy poses and/or situations

3 – Original Yankee Stadium;  it’s funny how a lifelong Mets fan can be fascinated by the original home of a team I regard with the utmost of disdain, but I just love seeing The House That Ruth Built in the background… and it doesn’t need to be a baseball card.

4 – Appealing uniforms from before I became a fan

5 – Cars and trucks and trains and planes and spaceships (I would say “machines which move”, except I’m not a boat/ship person for some reason)

6 – The Third Dimension (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)

7 – A colorful “less-is-more” design; Panini designers (who tend to overdo things) should take note that 1975 baseball’s design is classic, but is essentially two slabs of color, a drop-shadow team name and a little baseball icon.

8 – Photography in the artistic sense

9 – A player with a great name

10 – A player with memorable features

11 – Goofy cartoons

12 – Well-done paintings

13 – “International Delight”;  it started with Japanese baseball cards, but now I find myself fascinated with cards from many countries featuring many sports.

14 – What I liked as an 11-year-old;  And if you don’t like this card, then “Up your nose with a rubber hose!  Twice as far with a chocolate bar!”

15 – Cards featuring teams which were brand new at the time

16 – Cards featuring short-lived teams…  especially my beloved Seattle Pilots

17 – Oversized cards

18 – Cards Mrs. Shlabotnik will enjoy; Usually that’s Cal Ripken or Brian Roberts, her two favorite players, but it can also mean cards representing the Beatles, The Monkees or R.E.M.

19 – Cards used for baseball simulation games (even though I rarely use them for their intended gaming purposes)

20 – Players in unfamiliar uniforms (and, in this case, with unfamiliar haircuts)

21 – Vintage cards featuring players who would go on to become the managers of my formative years

22 – Anything involving the sport of Curling

23 – Players I saw as minor leaguers or in college

24 – Teams which existed when I was a kid, but no longer do

25 – 1970’s action shots

I could go on, but I think 25 is more than enough.

…But before I go…

I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading and commenting and generally being my card-collecting buddies — something I didn’t really have between my pre-teen years and my starting this blog. Today is the SIXTH anniversary of The Shlabotnik Report, and I just want you to know I appreciate all of you for making it so much fun. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, EVERYBODY!

Custom Card Sunday: Former Oriole Makes His Mark In Japan

The customs are all over the place today… Sometimes that’s the best place to be.

Former Oriole, Brewer and Astro Dennis Sarfate was named the MVP of the Japan Series (the NPB equivalent of the World Series) by picking up two saves and pitching three scoreless innings to get the win in an extra-inning, series-clinching Game 6 for the SoftBank Hawks against the DeNA BayStars.

Sarfate had a season to remember, because he also set an NPB record with 54 saves during the regular season as well as the career saves record for a non-Japanese pitcher.

Meanwhile, back in the States…

A number of managerial press conferences have been held lately, and as a result we’ve got more of my “Hot Stove” customs coming your way, including this one based on 1963 Post Baseball.

For those who might be wondering, the “3-D” customs will be coming once players start moving around, and the design to be used for this offseason’s customs is from 1972 Kellogg’s.

We’ll wrap things up with another sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps… You’ll love ’em because U-KNOW-M!

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the clip of Carlos Correa proposing to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez during the World Series post-game show.  It was fun to watch when it happened (I’d fallen asleep on the couch, woke up for the last out and watched some of the post-game), but I was not prepared for the coverage it got the next morning.  Good thing she said “Yes”.

Although I’d never seen him perform, it seemed like Myron Noodleman had been everywhere during any given minor league season… So I was sad to see that he recently passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.  Noodleman was named the “Clown Prince Of Baseball” in 2004 and will be missed.

A certain person who has been in the news lately has indirectly made me think of George Harrison’s cameo in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. George, who stepped in at the last minute to underwrite the film under his newly-created HandMade Films production company, appears very briefly as “Mr. Papadopoulos”, and his one spoken word, “Hullo”, was actually overdubbed later on by Michael Palin.

When I was a kid I bought a remaindered album called “Dick Clark’s 20 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll”. The 20 years in question were from 1953 to 1972, and that two LP set was my introduction to musical acts like Carl Perkins, Brenda Lee, Dion and the Belmonts and Fats Domino.  The song featured on that album was “I’m Walking”, which remains a favvorite of mine, but Fats was also known for “Ain’t That A Shame?”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, and, of course, “Blueberry Hill”.  He was an inaugural member of the Rock Hall Of Fame, and recently passed away at the age of 89.

Topps Done ‘Em Wrong (Chris Taylor Isn’t Alone)

The scandal surrounding NLCS co-MVP Chris Taylor’s absence from any Topps Flagship product has gotten it’s share of attention lately, but Taylor isn’t the only one done dirty by Topps. Not by a long shot.

If you’d missed it, the issue concerns Taylor not being included in 2017 Topps Update, Series 1 or Series 2, despite his becoming a breakout player for the National League champion Dodgers and appearing in 140 games in 2017.

I’d suspected that Taylor is not the only notable omission Topps made.  What I did to confirm my suspicions was to take all of the players listed on the PDF checklists issued by Topps (which had, in between, been loaded into my personal baseball card database) and compare them to a list of players who’d appeared in any games in 2017.

I realize that Topps flagship sets are a commercial product and never really intended to be an exhaustive document of the MLB season… But you’d think that anyone who played enough to qualify for a batting or ERA title would have their own little spot in a combined 1000-card checklist… Right?

Nope.

So here’s the breakdown… If you take the checklists for Series 1, Series 2 and Update, remove the duplication, the team cards, the combo cards and such, you’ll have 776 different players represented (FYI, this does include the two-player rookie cards from Update as two different players).  On the other side of the equation, there were 1,458 players who appeared in the Majors in 2017, but a pretty decent number of those are “cuppa coffee” guys and September callups.

When I bumped one list against the other, I found that the list of players who did not appear in flagship Topps included five batters with at least 502 plate appearances and 6 pitchers with at least 162 innings pitched.

Some of the players who did appear in flagship include David Ortiz (retired), Angel Pagan (Topps was the only organization which had any interest in him), Derek Holland (who has not pitched 162 innings since 2013) and David Wright (who has not played since 2016 and has not had 502 PA’s since 2014).  Granted, Topps didn’t know that three of these guys wouldn’t make an impact on 2017, but they could’ve held them back for a while.

A little side note… I normally wouldn’t do customs for a during-the-week post, but for a variety of reasons it was easier than scanning, plus some of these guys don’t have a whole lot of cardboard.

First, let’s start with the position players, ranked by the number of games they appeared in.

Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals – 145 games

AB – 587; R – 80; HR – 19; RBI – 78; BA – .288; OBP – .324

Merrifield was the starting second baseman for a team that was expected to be competitive in 2017… Granted, the Royals were not, but Merrifield did lead the AL with 34 stolen bases.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Now

Yolmer (Carlos) Sanchez – Chicago White Sox – 141 games

AB – 484; R – 63; HR – 12; RBI – 59; BA – .267; OBP – .319

Yeah, the White Sox stunk this year, and Sanchez didn’t put up amazing numbers, but he didn’t suck either.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Now, 2017 Topps White Sox team set (as Carlos Sanchez on those 2015 cards — Yolmer is his first name)

Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers – 140 games

AB – 514; R – 85; HR – 21; RBI – 72; BA – .288; OBP – .354

The previous two players were on losing teams.  I did mention the whole “breakout” and “co-MVP of the NLCS” before, right?

Recent cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers and a poopload of 2017 Topps Now

Tim Beckham – Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles – 137 Games

AB – 533; R – 67; HR – 22; RBI – 62; BA – .278; OBP – .328

I’m willing to give Topps a flyer on this one.  Beckham wasn’t doing much of anything with the Rays in the first four months of the season, but getting traded to the Orioles lit a fire under his butt… Oh, I forgot, Topps Update’s checklist was apparently finalized around the All-Star break.

Recent cardboard:  2015 Topps Heritage

Ben Gamel – Seattle Mariners – 134 Games

AB – 509; R – 68; HR – 11; RBI – 59; BA – .275; OBP – .322

If Ben Gamel put up these numbers with the Yankees, his original organization, he’d be in every freakin’ set that Topps put out.  Tell me I’m wrong.

Recent cardboard:  2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Seattle Mariners team set

…and the fact that he’s in the Mariners team set just pisses me off even more.  The only work Topps had to do to get him in flagship was changing the card number.


Now let’s get to the pitchers, in descending order of innings pitched.

Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – 189.2 Innings Pitched

Games – 33; Record – 14-13; ERA – 4.03; K – 178; WHIP – 1.418

Patrick Corbin had me double-checking my findings… He’s in Heritage, he’s in National Baseball Card Day, he’s in the D-Backs team set, he’s in freakin’ Honus Bonus, for cryin’ out loud… but he’s not in Series 1, 2 or update?  Are ya kidding me???

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage;  2017 Topps Arizona Diamondbacks team set;  2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball;  2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day

Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – 186.1 Innings Pitched

Games – 33; Record – 11-8; ERA – 3.43; K – 153; WHIP – 1.229

I understand that Lance Lynn missed all of 2016 after Tommy John surgery, but on the other hand he tied for the 2017 National League lead for Games Started.

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage High Numbers;  2017 Topps Now

Mike Leake – St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners – 186.0 Innings Pitched

Games – 31; Record – 10-13; ERA – 3.92; K – 130; WHIP – 1.28

Guys like Beckham and Leake would likely get into Update if Update was an update (and a woodchuck would chuck wood).

Recent cardboard:  2017 Heritage High Numbers, 2017 Topps Now;  2017 Honus Bonus

Dan Straily – Miami Marlins –  181.2 Innings Pitched


Games – 33; Record – 10-9; ERA – 4.26; K – 170; WHIP – 1.299

Dan Straily appeared in Donruss, but not Topps.  Sink your teeth into that.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Donruss;  2017 Topps Gypsy Queen;  2017 Topps Heritage (with the Reds); 2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers (with the Marlins);  2017 Honus Bonus

Jose Urena – Miami Marlins – 169.1 Innings Pitched

Games – 34; Record – 14-7; ERA – 3.82; K – 113; WHIP – 1.273

A 14-7 record for a 77-85 team?  That’s not too shabby in my book.  Plus nobody in the NL plunked more batters than Urena.

Recent Cardboard:  2015 Topps Update; 2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers

Luis Perdomo – San Diego Padres – 163.2 Innings Pitched

Games – 29; Record – 8-11; ERA – 4.67; K – 118; WHIP – 1.509

In the past 10 years, there have been two pitchers named Luis Perdomo, and both pitched for the Padres.  The first Luis Perdomo pitched in San Diego in 2009 and 2010, for the Twins in 2012, and in independent baseball as recently as 2016.  Tell me that didn’t cause confusion somewhere at some time.

Recent Cardboard:  2017 Topps Stadium Club;  2017 Gypsy Queen;  2017 Honus Bonus


Just to salvage some of the research I did… I originally went looking for players who appeared in 100+ games but didn’t get represented in Topps Flagship.  There are TWENTY-THREE of them all together.  Here are the guys who appeared in 100+ games but didn’t have the necessary plate appearances for this post (in decending order of games):  Greg Garcia, Albert Almora, Ezequiel Carrera, Darwin Barney, Gorkys Hernandez, Wilmer Difo (Are we not men?), Andrew Romine, Guillermo Heredia, Delino DeShields, Matt Davidson, Joey Rickard (Another Oriole left out of flagship?  What a shock), Erick Aybar, Manny Pina, Alen Hanson, Chris Herrmann, Tyler Moore, Austin Barnes (another NL champion Dodger).

 

Buying Some Time With Recent COMC Purchases

I’m working on a post that’s taking a fair amount of research (hopefully you’ll find it interesting when it hits the blog in a couple of days) so to buy myself some time I’ve got a quickie post involving a number of cards I bought on COMC over the spring and summer and got shipped this past July.

The most significant card I got was this Ozzie Smith rookie card, which I suppose counts as a White Whale because I’ve been on the hunt for a copy which fits in my budget.

This one is off-center and dinged in the corners, but it works for my collection.

I stumbled on this card of HOFer Brad Park with the Detroit Red Wings, which was such an odd concept to me that I had to pull the trigger.

Park finished his career with 2 seasons in Detroit, hardly one of Dime Box Nick’s “Short Term Stops”, which makes me wonder why I don’t remember it.

Niner!  Jeff Conine is one of my favorite all-time Orioles, plus I like MLB Showdown cards, so this next card was a no-brainer.

Conine is known as “Mr. Marlin”, so it was puzzling and disappointing when the Jeter-fronted Marlins got the outgoing regime to fire Conine and some other household-name-y front office guys, and then offered them new jobs with lower responsibility and lower pay. The fact that the new Marlins ownership paid a king’s ransom for the team and have to be cheap with everything else reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of rundown shacks with a BMW parked outside.

I had been pleased to pick up this early Adam Jones card showing him with the Mariners, but then found that I already had it. D’OH!

I enjoy hockey, but these days I’d just as soon watch NCAA as NHL. I was impressed by one game I saw of Jack Eichel when he played for Boston U., so he’s become a player I kinda sorta collect…. plus I just like this card.

Like me, the Nashville Predators’ Anthony Bitetto is from Long Island, so I continued my love/hate relationship with things Lawnguyland by picking up one of Bitetto’s few cards.

Upper Deck Compendium seems to be some sort of all-encompassing 900-card set along the lines of Topps Total, so for that I commend Compendium.

Other Long Islanders currently in the NHL include the Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano, the Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy and the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri and Keith Kinkaid.  If I didn’t already have far too many goals, I might consider collecting hockey players from LI.

I’ll wrap things up with a 1972 Joe Hague, which filled a 5th Series need in my meandering quest to accumulate 1972 cards and see where I end up.

Custom Card Sunday: And The Offseason Begins!

To use a British slang word I like, I’m chuffed about how this first custom turned out. (Chuffed: Very pleased, delighted)

It came out of the convergence of several ideas, it’s the official kickoff of the 2017-18 TSR “Hot Stove” set, and it’s my first custom of new Mets manager Mickey Callaway!

For those who aren’t familiar with the design or can’t put a finger on the particular year, this is based on 1963 Post Baseball, and will be my particular vehicle for new managers and other customs based on press conference photos.

…And just to allay any fears you might have, these will not replace the faux Kellogg’s cards and cereal boxes of the past couple of winters… Those are coming later.

I’d planned on spacing these out, but what the heck, here’s another Hot Stove custom, this time featuring new Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who remains a favorite of mine from his time as an infielder with the Mets in the early 1980’s

Gardenhire takes over for the fired Brad Ausmus and has a long road ahead of him managing the newly-rebuilding Tigers.


Guess what!  These cards come with another sheet of U-KNOW-M stamps!  You love ’em because U-KNOW-M!

Sonequa Martin-Green is currently the lead for the behind-a-pay-wall Star Trek:  Discovery TV series, and before that she was Sasha on The Walking Dead.  I’ve been a Trekker since I was a pre-teen, but I’ve only seen the pilot of this new series.  Can anybody give us a quickie review of the series (so far)?

My inner 7-year-old, who can’t help but snicker over the name of Brazilian soccer star Kaká, was disappointed to find that Kaká had announced that he won’t be back with the MLS’s Orlando City SC next year.  Now who am I going to search for in packs of 2018 MLS cards?

Today (October 29th) is the birthday of Dan Castallaneta, who is best known as the voice of Homer Simpson.  Happy birthday, Dan!

Finally, Halloween is coming this week and I have to admit that I like the Saturday Night Live character David S. Pumpkins (played by Tom Hanks) even though I really can’t explain why.  “Any questions?”

Walking Past 2017 Topps Fire And Grabbing Repacks Instead

Fire!  Fire!  Fire!
Raging all about
Here come the firemen to put the fire out!

A couple of weeks ago when I was looking for packs of 2017 Topps Fire at my various local Target stores, I couldn’t help but sing “The Little Fireman” to myself as I scanned the card aisle.  My family had a well-worn copy of this record, which was on the famous and prestigious “Young People’s Records” label.  You know how it goes; I can’t remember important details about the project I worked on last week, but I can sing “The Little Fireman” despite not having heard it in 40 years.

When I finally did find Topps Fire, the price per card along with some of the reviews I read made me decide that I’d probably enjoy repacks more than Fire, so that’s what I did.  As it turns out, it was a good decision.

I’ll start out with the card which made me pick the one repack: 2014 Panini Classics card of Mets pitcher Rafael Montero.  Not a bad card as Panini cards go.

I got several minor league cards which, value-wise, are complete crap… but I enjoyed them anyway because they’re something different.

Armando Moreno spent five (!!!) years at AA Jacksonville, followed by three years in AAA.  He never made it to the majors.

That Jacksonville Expos logo somehow manages to be both lame and awesome at the same time.

Paul Noce appeared in 70 games with the Cubs and 1 with the Reds… I just liked this goofy shot.

Fernandomania!  Sure it’s junkwax, but it’s still  A nice card. (Fuji properly questioned my use of the term “junk wax”; this isn’t really junk wax, I suppose a better description would be “card I’ve seen an awful lot of over the past 34 years”).

This Hubie Brooks collector did OK by himself.  I got a 1986 Donruss Highlights card…

…Plus this 1991 Stadium Club which I’d needed.  I bought very little of the “high end stuff” in the 1990’s, so my wantlists are still pretty large all these years later.

I also collect Darren Daulton, and although I’m not sure if I need this 1992 Stadium Club card, in light of his recent passing I figured I’d share it anyway.

1995 Stadium Club Tim Wallach… This is a nice shot, so it may not go into the small pile of Tim Wallach cards which I keep saying I’m going to send to the Tim Wallach Guy but never do.

Another nice shot, this one a 1998 Score Shigetoshi Hasegawa.  Until I did the research associated with this post, I hadn’t realized that Hasegawa pitched 9 years in the Majors…. although I suppose I would’ve realized he’d been around that long had I put any thought to it.

DOC!!!!  100% of my Gypsy Queen acquisitions are through repacks and PWE’s… which doesn’t mean they’re not welcome additions to my collections, just that I don’t like Fauxbacco cards enough to actually seek them out.

I may have featured this 2013 Ryan Raburn before… I just love the wide array of facial expressions on the card.

I have a small Rico Brogna collection, but both of these cards were new to me.

This next card threw me for a small loop… From the front, just another 2007 David DeJesus card.

I flipped it over and said “Oh, it’s a red back parallel”… and then I saw the card number – P190 – and said “What the–??”

Came to find out that this is a 2007 Pepsi card. I didn’t know there was such a thing. The set was 220 cards and a pack of 3 cards came in 12-packs of Pepsi products.

My repacks even included a “hit”… relatively speaking, of course. I got a shiny Bowman’s Best card with an on-card signature from a former Orioles 2nd round pick! Yay!

The second-round pick is Corey Shafer, who peaked in Single-A Aberdeen over 10 years ago! Less yay!

On the whole, the repacks I bought didn’t contain a ton of value, but I’m confident that I enjoyed them more than I would’ve enjoyed the pack or two of Fire that I could’ve bought.

Just for the hell of it, I created a “Fire” playlist to go with this post… I’m sure there are other songs which coulda/shoulda been included, this is just the result of a quick search for titles which have the word “fire” in them:
Blood And Fire – Van Halen
Bushfire – The B-52’s
A Campfire Song – 10,000 Maniacs
Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis
Don’t Set Fire (To The Ones I Love) – Godley And Creme
Fire – Jimi Hendrix Experience
Fire – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Fire – Ohio Players
Fire And Rain – James Taylor
Fire At Midnight – Jethro Tull
Fire In The Canyon – Fountains of Wayne
Fire It Up – Modest Mouse
Fire On High – Electric Light Orchestra
The Fire Thief – Hem
Fireball – Deep Purple
Fireball Express – Good Rats
Get Started. Start A Fire – Graham Parker
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys feat. Nicky Minaj
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
I’m On Fire – Dwight Twilley Band
Light It On Fire – Cowboy Mouth
Light My Fire – The Doors
Love –> Building on Fire – Talking Heads
Love’s On Fire – Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
Serpentine Fire – Earth Wind & Fire
Set the Prairie on Fire – Shawn Colvin
Sit Down by the Fire – The Pogues
Smoke From A Distant Fire – Sanford Townsend Band
The Unforgettable Fire – U2
Walking Through Fire – Mary Chapin Carpenter
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
Wheels On Fire – The Magic Numbers
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire – Buckwheat Zydeco
Wildfire – Michael Murphey

…but none of them can hold a candle (pun slightly intended) to “The Little Fireman”.