Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1970'S COACH CARD: 1974 DUKE SNIDER

After I created the 1973 coach card for Warren Spahn a few weeks ago, it got me interested in producing more cards for great players who coached during the decade.
Today I go with former Brooklyn Dodger all-time great Duke Snider, who coached a bit in Montreal after his playing days were over.
Take a look:


After a Hall of Fame career between 1947 and 1964, mainly slugging his way into the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers record books, Snider took on a successful role as a play-by-play analyst for both the San Diego Padres and Montreal Expos beginning in 1969 straight through to the late-80’s.
In between, during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he was the Expos hitting coach, thus the 1974 card I produced for him here.
I remember that Bob Lemke did a 1975 version, so I figured the ‘74 would close out the Duke’s coaching tenure on cards.
If you like this idea check back in the future as I create cards for the likes of Vada Pinson, Willie Mays and Joe DiMaggio.

3 comments:

  1. If I pulled a card like this back in 1974, I would've just moved on to the next card in the pack without even pausing. "Coaches? Who cares?" Now, of course, it's AWESOME! Amazing what 40 years of perspective will do to a guy.

    I wonder if Duke bristled at having to wear #14? The #4 he wore with the Dodgers belonged to his Expos boss, Gene Mauch.

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  2. Great photo! Being a Dodgers fan, I know much about Snider the slugger and even knew about Snider the broadcaster but I never knew about Snider the hitting coach! Learned something new from a [fake] baseball card!

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  3. Snider fans might want to check out his card in the 1975/76 SSPC set. (Pictured as an Expo!) There were several other coaches cards in that quirky, interesting one-year challenge to the Topps monopoly.

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