1976 SSPC: #18 – Cito Gaston (Braves)

1976 SSPC #18 Cito Gaston

Clarence “Cito” Gaston… is best known these days as the manager of the Blue Jays’ two World Championship teams in 1992 and 1993.  Before that, he had an 11-season career as a Major League outfielder, mainly with the Braves and Padres.  As a Padre in 1970, he batted .318 with 29 HR and 91 RBI, and was a National League All-Star.

In 1976, Cito Gaston… was a 4th outfielder with the Braves, hitting .291 in 69 games.

So… take your time… and tell me… Is it Shea?  Indubitabubitably.

Betcha didn’t know… The Padres drafted Cito from the Braves in the 1968 expansion draft;  he was the last player selected by the Padres.

SSPC vs. Topps: Gaston’s 1976 Topps card has a similar “fake batting pose in a road uniform” photo.
1976 SSPC #18 Cito gaston back

Favorite songs from 1976:

We want the funk.  Give up the funk.  We need the funk.  We gotta have the funk.