Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #23: TWO FOR ONE: FRANK HOWARD AND HIS TWO NICKNAMES!

Here's a guy so powerful he had TWO awesome nicknames: Frank Howard, aka "Hondo" or "The Capital Punisher".
So I just had to go and make two "nickname" cards for him with those nom-de-plumes! 
Take a look:



I used the 1970 template since Howard was just mashing the ball at the turn of the new decade.
Btween 1968 and 1970 he'd top 40+ home runs each year (becoming the last player to do so until Jay Buhner came along during the 1995-1997 seasons).
Howard led the American League in 1968 and 1970 with 44 taters, but fell one short of the league lead with 48 in 1969 thanks to another masher, Harmon Killebrew and his 49 blasts.
Howard was also one of the first players to top 30 home runs in both leagues, as he hit 31 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962.
A National League Rookie of the Year in 1960, he'd finish in the top-10 for an M.V.P. Award four times during his 16-year career.
The man was a flat-out beast at the plate, hitting 382 home runs in only 6488 at-bats!
He also topped 100 runs batted in four times, leading the league once, and also topped a .500 slugging percentage seven times during the modern "dead-ball" era, leading the league once in that category as well.
He finally retired after the 1973 season, which saw him play in 85 games for the Detroit Tigers.
Now I'm not saying he's a Hall of Fame player, but I was surprised to see that he only garnered 1.4% of the vote when he became eligible in 1979, thus getting dropped immediately.

5 comments:

  1. I'll go with Hondo FTW! But both cards are great looking.

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    1. Ha! Yeah the "Hondo" card is my pick. Funny, "FTW", I have that tattooed on me...Some might say a motto for life! ;)

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  2. I just realized that Frank Howard should've had a 1970 Topps All-Star card. Perhaps you could make one not only for "Hondo", but also for Steve Carlton, Cleon Jones, Sal Bando, and Mel Stottlemyre. They were all starting players in that game, yet Topps decided to make All-Star cards of other players instead for some reason.

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    1. Excellent, EXCELLENT idea Joe! Thanks! Will definitely go on the schedule!

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  3. Also, seeing how Steve Carlton (NL) is a LHP, you could make an All-Star card also of Bob Gibson (NL) as the RHP. As for Mel Stottlemyre (AL), who was a RHP, you could keep Sam McDowell (AL) as the LHP -- or you could go with Darold Knowles or Dave McNally instead, both of whom also threw left.

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