1976 SSPC: #59 Doug Rader (Astros/Padres)

Doug Rader… Was a 5-times Gold Glove third baseman, mainly with the Astros, but also played for the Padres and Blue Jays at the end of his career. He managed the Rangers and Angels in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

1976 SSPC #59 Doug Rader

This card is… One of my favorites from this set. If I’d seen this card back in 1976, Doug Rader would’ve instantly become one of my favorite players.

‘Round here, folks call me:  The Red Rooster.

In 1976, Doug Rader… was the Padres’ starting 3rd baseman, and hit .257 with 9 homers and 55 RBI.

SSPC vs. Topps: Like most players who were traded in December, 1975, Doug Rader appeared in an Astros uniform in the 1976 Topps set, and had an airbrushed “Traded” card later on. SSPC shows him with the Astros, but has him listed as a Padre on the back.

1976 SSPC #59 Doug Rader back

This song made it to #2 in 1976:

1975 Hostess Doug Rader

1975 Hostess Doug Radar“The Red Rooster” was a passionate, good-fielding third baseman with decent power.  He won the Gold Glove 5 straight years from 1970 to 1974  (all with the Astros).  He also played for the Padres and Blue Jays, and later managed the Rangers, Angels and (for two games) the White Sox.

This particular card has his last name misspelled;  this was corrected, but I don’t know for sure whether either the error or corrected versions are more rare than the other.