Monday, February 27, 2017


Here’s a “missing” 1974 card for former player Jim Stewart, who was wrapping up a 10-year career with 61 games for the Houston Astros during the 1973 season:

Stewart batted .191 with 13 hits over 68 at-bats, all singles for the light-hitting man-of-all-positions, as evidenced by his ability to play the outfield and infield at every slot.
Never really a full-time player, the most action he ever saw in any one season was his rookie year of 1964 with the Chicago Cubs when he played in 132 games and batted .253 with 105 hits over 415 at-bats. This would be the only time he collected triple-digit safeties over the course of his career.
He did get a taste of the postseason in 1970 as a member of the National League champion Cincinnati Reds, going hitless in four total at-bats split evenly between the Championship and World Series.
All told, Stewart finished with a .237 career average based on his 336 hits in 1420 at-bats over 777 games with four organizations: Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Reds and Astros.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Here’s yet another card for former player Juan Beniquez, who didn’t have a rookie card until 1973, though an argument could have been made for him to have cards in both 1972 and 1973 (which I created a while back). Here’s the 1972 card:

Beniquez appeared in 16 games for his first taste of the Major Leagues in 1971, batting .298 for the Boston Red Sox with 17 hits in 57 at-bats while playing shortstop.
Of course we all know that he would be moved to the outfield once he made the big leagues for good in 1974, going on to a nice 17-year career that would have him end up with a .274 batting average, with a high of .336 in 1984 while with the California Angels.
He’s one of those players that seemed to have found his stroke later in his career, topping .300 four straight season while in his mid-30’s between 1983-1986.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Here’s a 1978 coach card for “Big Klu”, Ted Kluszewski, who was a part of the Cincinnati Reds coaching staff in the latter part of the decade:

Kluszewski already made his mark with the Reds’ organization in the 1950’s as a slugging first baseman who made four straight all-star teams between 1953-1956, with a power display of 40, 49 47 and 35 homers, all with 100+ runs batted in.
He even finished second in the National League MVP voting in 1954 (behind Willie Mays), after leading the league in HR’s with his 49 and RBI’s with 141.
His playing career lasted through the 1961 season after a season with the (then) Los Angeles Angels, before moving into coaching.
Who could ever forget those awesome photos of Kluszewski and his cut-off sleeves on his baseball cards!? Looked like a damn Paul Bunyon swinging an axe. Awesome.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Here’s a “not-so-missing” card for a guy who appeared in four Major League games during the 1972 season, those four being the only games he’d play at the big league level over his 14 seasons as a professional player, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ike Blessitt:

Blessitt started his career at the age of 17 in the Detroit Mino League system in 1967 but didn’t get a taste of the “big show” until 1972, going 0-5 with two strikeouts in that aforementioned cup-of-coffee.
It wasn’t for the lack of trying however, as Blessitt managed to stick around pro-ball until the age of 38, playing for Yucatan in the Mexican League in 1988!
All in all, he played for three MLB organizations: the Tigers, Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers, but was never able to make it back to the Majors, before putting in serious time in the Minors until the late-80’s.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Let’s go and give former pitcher Earl Stephenson a “missing” 1973 card shall we?
Check it out:

Stephenson saw the most action of any of his four years in the Major Leagues during the 1972 season, his only year with the Milwaukee Brewers, when he appeared in 35 games and posting a 3-5 record over 80.1 innings, with a 3.35 E.R.A.
Originally up with the Chicago Cubs in 1971, he wouldn’t see any MLB action again until 1977 when he was now a Baltimore Oriole, appearing in a single game along with two more in 1978 before closing out his career.
Over 54 career games he’d finish with a 4-5 record, along with a 3.57 E.R.A. in 113.1 innings pitched.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Here’s a new thread that I really want to cover, a Negro Baseball Leagues Legends series for important and all-time great stars who never got the chance to play in the Major Leagues.
So since my blog is dedicated to the 1970’s, I figured 1972, the 25th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier, would be as good a year as any to create my dedicated sub-set.
I have a good two dozen or so legends of the Negro leagues lined up, but today I wanted to kick this all off with an immensely important figure in black baseball, early player, manager, executive and author, Sol White:

I first became aware of White when I was hunting down a copy of his incredible early book, “History of Colored Baseball”, from 1907.
From there I learned he wasn’t just a writer about early African-American baseball, but played as well.
According to various records and accounts, White’s playing career spanned about 20 years between 1887-1926, which included his managerial career as well, which started in 1902 when he founded, along with others, the Philadelphia Giants.
Between 1904 and 1907 he led the team to four straight Black Baseball Championships.
It was also in that time that he published his historical publication in 1907, a 128-page pamphlet that was given out at games during their season.
Beginning with the formation of the first black baseball team in 1885 and took readers up to 1907, with what was supposed to be a second edition to be published later on covering the game into the 1920’s.
Sadly this never materialized, leaving us with what could have been an incredible piece of documented history.
Nevertheless, if you want to read more of Sol White, you can easily read his Wikipedia entry, and also see the bibliography included to cover even more.
Totally worth the read!
If you like the idea of this thread then keep an eye out for future entries covering legends like Rube Foster, Cristobal Torriente, Josh Gibson and many more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


So it seems another of our "friends" is at it again! Stealing everyone's custom card designs and selling them on Ebay! It was thankfully brought to my attention and now I want to be a prick about it.
If everyone would like to do me a small favor and just go to one or two of his listings, and ask im to stop selling cards that are not his to sell, that would be awesome.
How lame can a person be!? With all the software available you'd think he'd just whip up a few cards and sell HIS OWN stuff!

His "store" is: jb42sellcheap and his ebay ID is mr.0ddball420

He is selling cards created by John from "Cards That Never Were", myself and others.
He's even been so disgusting as to take some of the late Bob Lemke's cards and putting them up for sale! That's actually what's pissing me off more than anything.
So please, if you can take a couple of minutes whenever you have the time and drop him a line that would be great.

Here are a couple of quick links to his items:


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