Tuesday, August 18, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 31

The airbrushed cards stage a big rally today and take the lead over the hatless by one.

#266 - Dodger Rookies
Both Hutton and Foster would have lengthy major league careers. Hutton got into 16 games with the Dodgers in 1969 while Foster was 3-9 with a 4.38 ERA. Foster must be wearing the cap of a minor league team, because at this point in his career the Dodger organization was the only one he had been in.

#267 - Vicente Romo
He was coming off a great 1968, putting up a 1.62 ERA out of the pen. He got the 1969 season off with a 1-1 record before being traded to the Red Sox in the Ken Harrelson trade. He finished the year putting up a 7-9 record in Boston.

#268 - Al Spangler
. Al gets his own post tomorrow

#269 - Al Weis
The light hitting infielder came to the Mets from the White Sox in December of 1967 (he's pictured in a White Sox home uniform). He hit a couple homers in 1969 that killed the Cubs, so I am done taking about this bum!

#270 - Mickey Lolich This is a nice looking card of the 1968 World Series MVP. He was the winning pitcher in games 2, 5, and 7, all complete games, and gave up only just 5 runs in 27 innings. He kept up the strong work in 1969 winning 19 games.

#271 - Larry Stahl
Stahl was drafted by the Padres from the Mets. He was a part-time outfielder without much pop in his bat, hitting .198 for San Diego in 168 at bats. Cubs fans know him as the pinch hitter who took three borderline pitches to coax a walk from Milt Pappas and ruin Pappas' bid for a perfect game in the top of the ninth of a game in September, 1972.

#272 - Ed Stroud
This is another player on the page in a White Sox uniform, as the Senators got him in a trade in June of 1967. He got in to 123 games for Washington in 1969 and hit .252.

#273 - Ron Willis
The righty pitched out of the pen for the Cardinals and made appearances in both the '67 and '68 World Series. 1969 was his last signifcant season and he was sold to the Astros in August. He was so unimpressive that the Astros gave him back to the Cardinals in November.

#274 - Clyde King
1969 was King's first as a manager after having served as pitching coach for the Reds and Pirates (he's shown in a Pirate's uniform). He got off to a great start, as the '69 Giants went 90-72 and finished second. But that was his best year as a skipper, and in 1970 he was fired. He managed parts of seasons with the Braves and Yankees, but never managed a full season.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 18
Hatless - 59
Airbrush - 60
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 43


  1. That Lolich card is great!

    Alan Foster is wearing the cap of the Spokane Indians, the Dodgers' Triple A team at the time. Their caps were red and black.

  2. What is with Mickey Lolich's cap? Crazy!

  3. I am guessing that the number of hatless and airbrushed caps will slow down quite a bit. Topps seems to have used some new pictures in the higher series of cards. You can tell that they were taken in 1969 because players are wearing the uniforms of the expansion teams.