Today's "Dedicated Rookie Card" goes to four-time batting champ, Bill Madlock, then of the Chicago Cubs.
Take a look at my design:
I found this really sweet image of "Mad Dog" batting during the 1974 season, his first in Chicago.
Madlock initially came up with the Texas Rangers at the end of the 1973 season, and was part of the mega-trade that sent former Chicago pitching-ace Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers in October.
Topps did get the "fixes" in time to have a Texas Rangers Jenkins card, while Madlock was portrayed as a Chicago Cub on the multi-player rookie (which I happened to profile the other day as part of my "#600" post!) he made his debut on.
As I stated at the top, Madlock was a four-time batting leader, which is easy to forget sometimes.
He led the National league in back-to-back seasons in 1975 and 1976 with the Cubs, then in 1981 and 1983 while a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In between he put in two and a half seasons on the West Coast with the San Francisco Giants, then after his Pittsburgh days he went on to suit up for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers before retiring in 1987.
A three-time all-star, Madlock finished off his career with a .305 average, 20008 hits, 163 homers and 860 runs batted in over 1806 games and 7372 plate appearances.
Watch for my "Mad Dog" "Nicknames of the 70's" design, which I'll be working on shortly!