Bill Gogolewski is from Oshkosh, WI (b’gosh!) and pitched 19 games of relief in 1975 to finish his pitching career. Before that, he pitched six seasons, mainly for the Senators/Rangers, and bbref.com lists his main accomplishment as a 1-hitter he pitched against Nolan Ryan and the Angels in 1972. This SSPC card was his final baseball card, and I just like the shot of him doing a fake pitching pose with all those people behind him.
Gogolewski’s grooming habits are unusual for the mid 1970’s…. Short hair? Clean shaven? If it weren’t for the powder blue Chisox unis, you’d be hard-pressed to identify this as a 1970’s photo. I think the player wearing #22 behind him might be Buddy Bradford, but Jerry Hairston Sr. also wore #22 during part of 1975. Any input from someone more familiar with either/both of those players?
Bob Stinson was a backup catcher for the Royals in 1975 and 1976. Although I would never advocate the chaw in his cheek, I like the 1970’s of it… and by the way, you can tell from the twin light towers, the blurry parking lot light pole and outfield dimensions just about his shoulders that this is, in fact, Shea Stadium.
Bob Stinson’s first three baseball cards – all “Rookie Stars” cards – showed him with three different teams, the Dodgers, Cardinals and Astros, and he had short stints with all three teams. It wasn’t until he was with the Expos in 1973 that he exceeded 100 plate appearances, and he didn’t become a starter until he was an original Seattle Mariner.
“Billy Smith” makes me think of the New York Islanders goalie of the 1970’s and 1980’s. This Billy Smith started with the Angels – this is his only card with that team – and became a regular for the 1977 Orioles.
He’d play two more seasons for the O’s, play in the minors and then made a brief appearance with the Giants in 1981.
Here’s the Billy Smith I’m more familiar with… This is a recent dimebox acquisition from 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee Hockey:
All three of these SSPC cards were photographed at Shea. (The OPC Hockey card was not.)
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 13
Can’t tell: 20
Not Shea: 9
1970’s Census: Keeping track of all the instances of 1970’s trends
Total Cards: 119
1970’s Sideburns: 69
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 38
Long Hair: 30