Saturday, July 2, 2016

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S- "MICK THE QUICK" RIVERS

Gotta have a “Nickname of the ‘70’s” card for my favorite speedster as a young Yankee fan in the late-70’s, Mickey Rivers: aka “Mick the Quick”:


Rivers was as colorful off the base-paths as on them, and if you don’t know what I mean just read some of the “Bronx Zoo” books like “Number 1”.
Absolutely hilarious dude!!
He also wasn’t so bad as a player either!
He would finish his 15-year big league career with a nice .295 batting average, with 1660 hits over 5629 at-bats in 1468 games with the California Angels, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers between 1970 and 1984, with 267 stolen bases.
He led the American League in triples twice (1974 and 1975) while also topping the league with 70 steals that second year as well.
His finest season had to be 1980 with the Texas Rangers when he collected 210 hits, giving him an excellent .333 batting average with 96 runs scored (a career high) along with 32 doubles six triples and seven homers.
Of course he was also a member of those two consecutive World Champion Yankees of 1977 and 1978, giving the Yanks that speedster at the top of the order for guys like Munson, Jackson and Nettles to drive home.

6 comments:

  1. Nice use of the horizontal format. Is that a Frank White cameo?

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  2. The deal for "Mick the Quick" and Ed Figueroa after the 1975 season in exchange for Bobby Bonds more than compensated the trading of fan favorite Bobby Murcer for Bonds the previous winter.

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  3. That photo looks a little like a contuation of the shot in the ALCS card in the '78 Topps set.

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  4. Mick had a rough '76 World Series vs. Cincinnati but after that he became one of the top leadoff men of his era as well as an early prototype for future leadoff players like Kenny Lofton. A great disrupter of a pitcher's concentration.

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    1. Pete Rose completely phyched out Mickey during that series as a third baseman by playing in on infield grass on virtually every one of his at bats.

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  5. More Like Mick the Punk! I'm being Nice Too.

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