Saturday, November 5, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- "IN ACTION": JOE RUDI

Here’s a “missing” in-action 1972 card for a guy who gets forgotten a bit in the baseball decade of the 1970’s, but was really a key figure on a big team, Joe Rudi of the Oakland A’s:


Rudi was an important cog in the machine that was the dynastic A’s team that put together three straight World Champion teams between 1972 and 1974, as his two second-place finishes show in 1972 and 1974.
Throw in three straight Gold Gloves from 1974-1976 and three all-star game nods, and you see why the guy should be remembered a bit more for his contributions during the decade.
He would lead the American League in hits and triples during the ‘72 season, with 181 and nine respectively, and would also pace the league in doubles and total bases two years later with 39 and 287.
A solid player through his 16-year career, he would finish after the 1982 season with a stint back in Oakland after four years in Anaheim and a year in Boston.
He would end up with a .264 average, 179 homers, 684 runs scored and 810 runs batted in, mainly during the “dead” 70’s hitting era.

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic card. Love the old vest uniforms...The beginning of the A's dynasty! Maybe a Gene Tenace in action in the future?!

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  2. Joe was part of the infamous Charlie Finley sell off of his star players to counteract impending free agency. On one June night in 1976, Finley sold Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox and Vida Blie to the Yankees. Commissioner Kuhn nullified the sales invoking the best interests of the game clause.

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  3. My favorite left fielder of the 1970's.

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