Q: Are We Not Stars? A: We Are Rookies.

I’ve got a bunch of these 1972 “Rookie Stars” and I want to find out how close to stars these rookies got.

Dwain Anderson

Anderson played 4 years in the majors (1971-1974) with 4 different teams (A’s, Cardinals, Padres, Indians).  He was the 1972 Topps All-Rookie Team’s shortstop, although he played most of the season for the Cardinals.  I don’t believe he appeared on cardboard after his 1973 card with his “All-Rookie” trophy.

He was once traded straight up for former MLB Player and current broadcaster Dave Campbell.

Chris Floethe

Floethe pitched in the minors from 1968 to 1974, was on the 1972 A’s Spring Training roster, but never made it past AAA.  I believe this is his only card.  The photo seems to be one which Topps pulled out of the files, since he’s wearing a cap that wasn’t worn by the A’s after 1969 (green bill, “A” rather than “A’s”).

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Prospects Aspirations #88 - Jake Floethe/200 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Prospects Aspirations #88 – Jake Floethe/200 – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

His son Jake currently pitches for the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay).  In one of those “sign of the times” situations, Jake’s got more cards than his father, despite being in just his second year of pro ball.

I honestly thought that the name on this card was an error…

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Elite Series #19 - Abel Baker - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

Image courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

When I first saw an image of this card, I thought “Abel Baker” was a placeholder that they forgot to change, a sort of Lorem Ipsum. I mean, the cards are fairly generic to start with, so it’s not a leap to think that they used a name made up from the old military alphabet. I almost expected to find another card with a name like Charlie Foxtrot.

But then my smart-ass tendencies were put on hold, because the guy’s name really is Abel Baker. Baker was the Angels 7th round draft pick in 2011, and was a catcher in Orem last season.

Here’s a bit of unrelated trivia for you… the TV series M*A*S*H had a number of nurses named Nurse Able and Nurse Baker, but they were usually just walk-ons and seldom had lines more involved than “Yes, Doctor”. One of the Nurses Baker was played by Lynne Marie Stewart, who is possibly best known as Miss Yvonne from Pee Wee’s Playhouse and The Pee Wee Herman Show.  She also is “Charlie’s Mom” on “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “Lillian’s Mom” in the movie “Bridesmaids”.