Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Friday, January 4, 2013

1976 Topps Traded - The Missing Cards!

This is something I've been wanting to do, but I lack the graphic skills to pull it off. Ben, Mike, and Travis at The Baseball Card Blog made a "second set" of 1976 Topps Traded cards. This set includes deals that were voided (Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Joe Rudi, and Sal Bando) and deals that were made late in the season (such as Willie McCovey).

On the 1977 blog, I've been tracking which cards would be good as a "traded set candidate." I may give it a shot after the Topps set is finished.

Monday, November 7, 2011

On to 1977

  • As you have probably noticed, I've run out of cards to post for 1976. As I obtain the last few cards needed for the 1976 Kellogg's, Hostess, and SSPC sets, I'll post them here.
  • To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any 1977 baseball blogs out there. So I'm starting one. I hope you go and start enjoying the blog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

1976 Hostess #124 - Willie McCovey

  • Willie McCovey was still a dangerous power hitter when this card was printed
  • McCovey wanted to play out his option in 1976 so the Padres cut his salary by 20% to $100,000.
  • The San Francisco Giants wanted Willie back before the 1976 season. The Giants had traded McCovey to the Padres in 1973 mainly for economic reasons.
  • McCovey had his poorest season in 1976. He played in 71 games for the Padres, starting 51 of those games at first base. Willie batted .203 with 7 HR and 36 RBI for the Padres.
  • Willie was sold to the Oakland A's on August 30.
  • McCovey wasn't sure if he would report to the A's at first, but he reported on September 1.
  • The A's used Willie as a DH and a pinch hitter in September, but Willie struggled and batted .208 (5 for 24) with no home runs or RBI.
  • After his poor 1976 season there wasn't very much interest in McCovey in the free agent  market. Willie ended up signing with the Giants for $50,000 and had a great year in 1977, winning Comeback Player of the Year honors and cementing his place as an eventual Hall of Famer.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? after peak

Saturday, September 24, 2011

1976 Hostess #105 - Dave Lopes

  • Here's another beat up Hostess card that I got from a lot on eBay.
  • Lopes was the first  Dodger to sign a contract for the 1976 season.
  • Before the 1976 season there was some talk of moving Lopes to shortstop and playing Ted Sizemore at second base. Dodger shortstop Bill Russell was mentioned in trade talks between the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals for Reggie Smith, but he eventually stayed with the club.
  • Dave was still playing a little bit in center field in 1976. After the 1976 season Lopes would play all of his games but two at 2B until he moved to the Oakland A's in 1982.
  • In 1976 Lopes led the NL with 63 stolen bases and batted .241 in 117 games
  • Dave missed the first month of the 1976 due to a pulled muscle in his side that he suffered during spring training.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? early peak

Friday, September 23, 2011

1976 Hostess #92 - John Candelaria

  • This card is a victim of some kid's poor cutting skills. Hey kid----the lines are your friends! ;)
  • This card was printed right at the beginning of a nice career.
  • The Pirates didn't win the NL East in 1976, but John did his part to keep the club competitive. Candelaria was 16-7 with a 3.15 ERA during the season.
  • John pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on national television on August 9. A third inning walk to Steve Yeager and two Pirate errors were the only things that prevented Candelaria from pitching a perfect game.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? just before peak --- John's best year was 1977.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

1976 Hostess #53 - Jim Hughes

  • Jim Hughes got this Hostess card on the strength of his good 1975 rookie season.
  • Hughes was bitten by the sophomore  jinx in 1976. He had a 9-14 record with a 4.98 ERA
  • Jim was in the minors for most of the 1977 season -- he appeared in two April games for the Twins before being sent to AAA.
  • Hughes signed with the Chicago White Sox after the 1977 season but was cut during spring training in 1978. 
  • Jim signed with the Texas Rangers and spent a couple of years in the minors but never made it back to the major leagues.
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? after peak

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1976 Hostess #25 - Larry Dierker

  • Larry Dierker was only 29 years old, but he was just about at the end of his career when this card was printed
  • Larry had a 13-14 record with a 3.69 ERA in his last full season in 1976
  • On July 9, 1976 Dierker pitched a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos
  • After 14 seasons with the Houston Astros, Dierker was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1976 season
  • Before peak, peak, or after peak? after peak