Thursday, August 28, 2008

#663 Turn Back the Clock - 1973

Why this card is awesome: Because while the Blomberg card is very cool, with a great shot of Yankee Stadium in the background, it would have been nice to see the 1973 card for one of the other players mentioned on the back, such as Hank Aaron or Reggie Jackson. Part of the reason may have been that the cards of both of those guys in 1973 were forgettable. Aaron was shown catching a fly ball, and Jackson was shown with his face in the shadows, contorted as he just started to make a throw.

Cool stat: Ron Blomberg was one of just 4 players to have an OPS+ above 140 every year from 1971 to 1974. Of course, he was not a full time player and didn't have a very long career.

1 comment:

MMayes said...

I think Nolan Ryan should have been on the 1973 card instead of the 1983 card. In 1973 Nolan had 2 no-hitters, won 21 games (losing 16 (neutralizes to 21-14), struck out 383, and had an ERA of 2.87, but finished 2nd in Cy Young to Jim Palmer (22-9, 2.40). However, this card represents one of the most significant changes in the game in the last 35 years -- the designated hitter, and the time has come to get rid of it.