Like many of my stupid ideas, it came from merging two separate thoughts in a fairly ridiculous way.
For years I’ve been meaning to write some sort of post on vertically challenged Major Leaguers, seeing as I’m a bit on the short side myself (5’9″ since you asked nicely).
I was recently looking to come up with an idea involving 1975 Topps, and somehow the idea of “1975 Topps Minis” and short players conflated in my head… and here we are.
And with no further delay, I present the subjects of 1975 Topps cards who are my adult height or less… Starting with the famously short Freddie Patek.
(NOTE: All heights come from the backs of these 1975 cards, so if you have issues with the listed height then jump in your DeLorean go back to ’75 and take it up with Topps)
Freddy Patek: 5’4″
Freddie was the Royals’ starting shortstop and a three-time All-Star; his 1975 slash line is .228/.291/.308
Fred Beene: 5’8″
1975 was his last Major League season, he pitched in 19 games and had a 6.94 ERA. He was one of four players the Yankees traded to Cleveland for Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw. The Yankees definitely won that trade (Sorry, Fred)
Rich Coggins: 5’8″
Coggins got ROY votes in 1973. After the 1974 season he was traded with Dave McNally to the Expos for Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez (another lopsided trade) but he split 1975 between the Expos and Yankees, batting .236/.276/.299
Enzo Hernandez: 5’8″
The Padres starting shortstop, he lead the league with 24 sacrifice hits and when he wasn’t sacrificing he hit .218/.275/.265
Al Bumbry 5’8″
The 1973 AL Rookie of the Year and (as of 1975) was still pretty early in his 13 year run with the O’s, Bumbry hit .269/.336/.364. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1987.
Larvell Blanks 5’8″
The Braves’ starting shortstop – notice a trend here? – Blanks hit .234/.292/.293. After the 1975 season he part of a trade with the White Sox, but was immediately flipped to the Indians
I’ve got a properly-cut version of this card, but the miscut was already scanned, so…
Denny Doyle: 5’9″
During the 1975 season Doyle was traded to the Red Sox, hit .298/.329/.412 for the season, got some MVP votes and would play in the World Series.
Ramón Hernández: 5’9″
Pitching entirely in relief, Ramón had a 7-2 record with 5 saves and a 2.95 ERA
Mike Tyson: 5’9″
The Original Mike Tyson played short and some 2nd and 3rd as he hit .266/.316/.342
Sandy Alomar 5’9″
Sandy Sr. was the starting 2nd baseman for the Yankees and hit .239/.277/.305. Topps dropped the ball on this photo… The Yanks acquired him in July 1974 but Topps couldn’t send someone over to Shea to get a photo of him in pinstripes during the second half of the season? (The Yankees played home games there in 1974 and 1975 while Yankee Stadium was undergoing extensive renovations)
Larry Lintz 5’9″
ONe of the more famous cards of 1975 Topps is the Herb Washington “Pinch Run.” card. That particular experiment ended with the 1975 season, but for 1976 the A’s acquired Larry Lintz and used him in a similar way: he appeared in 68 games, scored 21 runs and stole 31 bases despite just 4 plate appearances.
As for 1975, he split the season between the Expos and Cardinals, hitting .207/.324/.213
Rudy Meoli 5’9″
Served as a backup infielder with the Angels, and would play the 1976 and 1977 season with the Reds’ Triple-A team before resurfacing with the Cubs in 1978.
Jim Wynn 5’9″
They didn’t call him “The Toy Cannon” for nothing! Wynn was an All-Star in 1974 (as you can tell from the card) and would make the All-Star team again in 1975. For the season he hit 18 homers, walked 110 times and went .248/.403/.417. Wynn is in the Astros Hall of Fame and his #24 has been retired by the team.
Gene Clines 5’9″
Clines was acquired from the Pirates in October 1974 (hence the airbrushed cap), would play the one season with the Mets before being traded to Texas for Joe Lovitto (who would get cut in 1976 Spring Training and then retire from baseball). For the Mets in 1975 Clines would hit .227/.269/.286
So all of this was leading into my quarterly Weigh-In, which has been 1970s themed the last few times out. This is Weigh-In #75, and that’s why I’m featuring 1975 Topps.
For those wondering what the deal is with a “Weigh-In”, here is my official Mission Statement: Posting updates on the organizing and streamlining of my collection gives me a look at the big picture, keeps me honest and helps with motivation and/or guilt.
Changes in the 2nd quarter of 2022 (from 4/7/2022 to 7/1/2022):
Net change in the collection: +431 (473 added, 42 removed)
Net change to the # of cards in the house: +582 (656 came in, 74 went out)
As I’ve said over the past two years, my acquisitions have slowed down pretty well since the hobby changed, but a lot of it is me attempting to make sense out of my collection. I’ve got too much stuff.
Totals since I started tracking on 10/16/2011:
Total # of cards purged from the collection, to date: 15,827
Net change to the collection, to date: +7,097
Total # of cards which have left the house, to date: 54,689
Net change to the number of cards in the house, to date: -12,594
One of these days I’m going to make a Goodwill donation run and these numbers will look a bit better.
Size of the collection:
Number of individual cards tracked in my Access database: 72,761
Number of cards that make up the sets flagged as completed in my Access database: 11,591
…which means I’ve got at least 84,352 cards in my collection
Money spent on cards:
This does not count money spent on show admission, shipping, supplies, etc.
1st quarter, 2022: $57.19
2nd quarter, 2022: $224.46
Average per month for the first half of 2022: $46.94
Average per month for 2021: $35.64
Average per month for 2020: $76.66
Average per month for 2019: $80.38
Average per month for 2018: $79.03
Average per month for 2017: $43.63
Average per month for 2016: $36.11
I didn’t track my spending before 2016. In 2016 and 2017 I didn’t go to as many card shows because there weren’t any local shows, and I made the 5 hour round trip to a regional card show only once or twice a year.
It’s somewhat telling that I spent more in the 2nd quarter of 2022 than I had since… the 2nd quarter of 2021. The reasons were largely the same – I found a bunch of retail blasters (which evaporated before very long), I went to a small card show and I bought some cards online.
Size of my MS Access card database:
I track my collection in a Microsoft Access database of my own creation. There’s quite a bit of work involved in keeping it up-to-date, so I like to satisfy my own curiosity by finding out how much information is currently in my database.
My database currently contains 1,027 set definitions and 255,434 card definitions (both the same as the last weigh-in).
It’s important to point out that this is merely the number of sets and cards which are represented within my database; Although I have no cards from 1949 Bowman, that set represents 1 set definition and 240 card definitions.