Friday, July 18, 2014

"HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970'S" #27: NATE COLBERT'S MONSTER DAY

What a full day San Diego Padre Nate Colbert had back in 1972 huh!?
Two games, five home runs, 22 total bases and 13 runs batted in!
Yeah his feat that day get's talked about often enough, and Topps did in fact commemorate the accomplishment five years later in their 1977 sub-set, but let's take a look at my design for a 1973 card celebrating Colbert's career highlight:


The man was flat-out incredible that day, August 1st, as he helped the Padres sweep the double-header from the Atlanta Braves.
In the first game, Colbert went 4 for 5 with two homers and five R.B.I.'s, as well as three runs scored, leading his team to a 9-0 wind.
If that wasn't enough, all he did for an encore was go 3 for 4 in the second game, with three homers, EIGHT R.B.I.'s, as well as four runs scored, helping San Diego win 11-7.
That's a monster week, let alone a monster DAY!
That August afternoon explosion helped Colbert put up some really nice numbers by season's end: 87 runs scored, 38 homers and 111 runs batted in.
What is really incredible is that Colbert's five homers in a double-header tied the record set by Stan Musial on May 2nd, 1954, and one of the fans in attendance that day was none other than Nate Colbert, who was there with his father.
Isn't it something that eighteen years later that kid would tie that record he witnessed.
Baseball is always filled with awesome stories like this, connecting one generation to another like no other sport.
You just have to love it…

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