Thursday, October 1, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 43

#374 - Bob Tillman
Bob looks a lot happier than a back-up catcher should. Maybe he's just thrilled to still have a job after hitting .220 in 1968. He might not have looked as happy after 1969, when he hit only .195 in 69 games

#375 - Harmon Killebrew
I really like the look of this card. He was coming off a career-worst season in 1968, hitting only .210 and missing over 1/3 of the season due to injuries. He came back strong in 1969, leading the AL in home runs (49) and RBIs (140) and winning the AL MVP.

#376 - Royals Rookies
Drafted from the Orioles, Fiore hit .274 in 107 games for KC. Rooker had a rough start with the Royals, going 4-16. He would have some decent seasons with the Pirates in the mid and late '70's.

#377 - Gary Bell
Bell was one of the many veterans with the Pilots who were beyond their prime. 1969 was his last year in the majors. He was 2-6 with Seattle before being traded to the White Sox in early June. He made 23 more appearances and was released after the season.

#378 - Jose Herrera
He played in 47 games for the Expos as a part-time outfielder and posted a respectable .286 average. But the next year, he got into only one game and never appeared in a major league game again.

#379 - Ken Boyer
After a spectacular 11 year stint with the Cardinals, Boyer spent the last four years of his career with three different teams. 1969 would be his swan song. He played in only 25 games for the Dodgers and was cut loose at the end of the season.

#380 - Stan Bahnsen
We get a nice look at the 1968 AL Rookie of the Year. The Sophomore Slump hit Bahnsen hard, as he dropped to 9-16 and his ERA went up almost two points.

#381 - Ed Kranepool
A Met, an original Met in fact.

#382 - Pat Corrales
Pat's got his game face on. He spent the season as the back up to Johnny Bench, which means he didn't get in too many games.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 24
Hatless - 92
Airbrush - 82
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 54


  1. The Stan Bahnsen, with the Yankee pinstripes, ball and glove, the rookie trophy, against a blue sky, is just a classic looking baseball card.

  2. Gary Bell: a big contributor for the Red Sox in the 2nd half of 1967.

    Ed Kranepool: Only original Met to last until the 1969 season.

    I like the 1969 cards, in spite of the over-abundance of hatless photos (due mostly to expansion).

    (Visit my '66, '67, and '68 card blogs!)