Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Closer Look at the 60's Cubs Rookie Cards

I thought I'd follow up on yesterday's post with a look at all of the Cubs multi-player rookie cards from the 1960s. Turns out there were 32 different Cubs on 36 different cards.  It's never a good thing when a player is a rookie star on more than one card.

The best card?  Probably the 1966 card with Bill Hands and Randy Hundley.  Both were major contributors on the late '60s / early / '70s teams.

The worst? I'd go with the 1965 Ott/Warner card.  Ott played in 32 games over two years and hit .222 while Warner had a 33 game career over four seasons and was 0-2 with an ERA of 5.10.
A couple had OK careers--Joe Niekro, Paul Popovich, Fred Norman, Billy Cowan, John Boccabella.

One of these guys didn't do well as a player, but became a successful coach--Billy Connors, who spent time as the Cubs pitching coach from 1982-1986 and 1992-1993.

The multi-year players....Fred Norman on 1964 and 1965....Dave Dowling on 1966 and 1967...John Boccabella, both 1964 and 1966....and Don Young, on both 1966 and 1969---a three year gap between cards.

And the duds?  Just about all of them.

1 comment:

  1. Can't argue with your best card pick. But who had the best career? Standouts would be Beckert, Hundley, Hands, Niekro and Norman. I'd say my top two would be Beckert and Niekro.