Here was a fun card to create, a 1976 “Coach” card for Hall of Famer Bob Lemon, who was coaching the eventual American League champ New York Yankees:
I had to get a bit creative with the player graphic in the lower left of
the card. Just imagine it being a coach hitting some fielding practice
bunts to players before a game.
Anyway, before memorably leading the Yankees to a World Championship in
1978 with one of the most improbable come-backs in history, Lemon was
giving his expertise to pitchers like Ron Guidry, Catfish Hunter and
But before taking the helm of the Bronx Bombers he would have a stint as
Chicago White Sox manager in 1977, a team that surprised many with an
offense led by Oscar Gamble and Richie Zisk, popping almost 200 home
runs during the homer happy season.
Nevertheless he found his way back to the Yanks in the middle of the
1978 season, leading the team past the Boston Red Sox in a 163rd game
that we know as the “Bucky Dent” game, and eventually past the Los
Angeles Dodgers for the Yankees second consecutive championship.
A true baseball “lifer”, Lemon would also find his way to Cooperstown in
1976, elected by the BBWAA based on his 207 wins, all with the
Cleveland Indians, which included SEVEN 20-win campaigns in only ten
full seasons. Amazing.