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