Friday, January 24, 2014

#1 DRAFT PICKS OF THE 1970's. A SPECIAL SUB-SET...DANNY GOODWIN: CALIFORNIA ANGELS: 1975

Today on my "1970's #1 Draft Picks" thread we revisit the ONLY player ever drafted TWICE as the #1 overall pick: Danny Goodwin.
As many of you already know, Goodwin was first drafted #1 back in 1971 by the Chicago White Sox, but turned them down so he could attend Southern University and A&M.
After a successful college playing career, he was once again the top pick overall in 1975, this time by the California Angels.
With that, take a look at my design for the 1975 entry in my imagined sub-set for the 1979 Topps set:

Second time around at #1 for Goodwin.
Much like Archie Griffin in the NFL, who was the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner (for some reason my brain has always connected these two guys), Goodwin never did pan out at the big league level (actually it'd be fair to say Griffin had better luck in the NFL).
Since I profiled Goodwin for the 1971 "card", I'll just include the link here for anyone interested in his Major League performance since it was covered there.


Next up we look at the player I'd say was the second-most successful #1 overall pick of the 1970's, Floyd Bannister, who was taken first by the Houston Astros in 1976 before becoming a solid starter for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox later on in his career.

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