Wednesday, May 27, 2009
196(9) At A Time - Page 8
#62 - Chico Salmon Chico came to the Pilots from the Indians. The Pilots and the Padres share the brown colored name circle. The color makes sense for the Padres, but not for the Pilots, who had blue as their primary color.
#63 - Jim Hickman - another Cub, he gets his own post tomorrow
#64 - Bill Monbouquette Bill probably has the longest last name in the set. Look how small they had to make the font on his last name. Bill is shown in Yankee pinstripes. The Giants obtained him mid-season, 1968.
#65 - Willie Davis A nice shot of the Dodger star.
#66 - Orioles Rookies Adamson looks scared to death and Rettenmud looks thrilled to be on a baseball card. Merv would have several good seasons with the powerhouse Orioles of Earl Weaver in the early '70's. Rettenmund was signed by the Orioles in 1964 so I'm not sure what Topps had to airbrush out. Was the photo of him with a minor league hat?
#67 - Bill Stoneman Stoneman is pictured in a Cubs uniform, the team the Expos drafted him from. He was nothing special with the Cubs over two seasons, but tossed a no-hitter for the Expos in only their ninth game in 1969. He had another no-hitter in 1972.
#68 - Dave Duncan Tony LaRussa's right hand man is shown with an airbrushed KC A's hat. Most catchers at this time were still catching two handed, like Duncan is shown. Johnny Bench and Randy Hundley were the one handed pioneers.
#69 - Steve Hamilton The 6'7" lefty is posing at Yankee Stadium. The back of the card says he played pro basketball for the Lakers. He was a second round pick of the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958 and played two season for the Lakers. His baseball career ended in with the Cubs, making 22 appearances in 1972.
#70 - Tommy Helms Helms taking a cut at Shea. The Reds last wore sleevesless uniforms in 1966. Why did Topps not take a picture of him since then?
Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 4
Hatless - 20
Airbrush - 11
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 9