Tuesday, May 10, 2011

1976 Kellogg's #7 - Joe Rudi

  • What did he do to deserve a Kellogg's card? 
    • Joe Rudi was an important part of the Oakland A's dynasty in the early-mid 1970s.
    • Joe was second in AL MVP voting in both 1972 and 1974
    • Rudi was an AL All Star for the second of three consecutive years in 1975
    • Although he played in 126 games due to torn ligaments in his thumb, Joe hit 21 HR and had his highest career slugging percentage (.494) in 1975
    • Joe also won the second of three consecutive Gold Glove awards in 1975
  • 1976 Highlights:
    • Was an AL All Star for the third (and last) time
    • Won his last Gold Glove award and finished 12th in AL MVP voting
    • Finally got away from the A's (and Charlie Finley) after the 1976 season and got a big raise (from $67,000 per year to $400,000 per year) after signing a 5-year, $2 million contract with the California Angels.

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