Sunday, April 10, 2016

NOT QUITE MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 HECTOR CRUZ

Here’s another of those dedicated cards produced for a player who appeared on a 1976 Topps multi-player rookie card: Hector Cruz of the St. Louis Cardinals:


At the request of Reader Jim, I created this card to fill in the Cardinal roster set, and using a nice photo of Cruz manning third base, came up with a nice design that complements other St. Louis players from the collection.
Cruz only appeared in 23 games during the 1975 season, hitting .146 with seven hits in 48 at-bats.
He would go on to play a full season in ‘76, appearing in 151 games and hitting .228 with 120 hits over 526 at-bats with 13 homers and 71 runs batted in.
He would go on to play nine-years in the Majors, ending up with the Chicago Cubs in 1982 before calling it a career.
All told he hit .225 with 361 hits over 1607 at-bats in 624 lifetime games, with 39 homers and 200 RBI’s on the nose.
That 1976 season would easily be his best as a pro, never playing a full season again during his time in the big leagues.

4 comments:

  1. His biggest big league moment was probably game 2 of the 1979 NLCS. He was picked up mid-season by the Reds as a backup outfielder from the Giants in exchange for Pedro Borbon. In game 2 with the 1 out and nobody on in the bottom of the 9th with the Pirates leading the game 2-1 and the Reds about to go down 0-2 in games, "Heity", as Tony Kubek preferred to call him, hit a double off Kent Tekulve and scored on another double by Dave Collins. It was all for naught, as the Pirates took a 3-2 lead in the 10th and never looked back.

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  2. Excellent card. Reminds me of the 1976 Steve Ontiveros card!

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  3. You need to do a "brothers" card subset like the 1977 set for the two Cruz families and the Alous. And a 1976-style father-son card for Yogi and Dale Berra.

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