Just wanted to take the time out to spotlight the 1977 Dave Duncan Topps card today for a couple of reasons, first off being the airbrushing job:
As with a bunch of the other Chicago White Sox in the 1977 set, Duncan
was airbrushed into the organization’s new uniforms, giving us airbrush
classics like this one.
Definitely not the worst of the bunch, but it turns out it was all for
nothing since Duncan, who was traded by the Baltimore Orioles in
November of 1976 for Pat Kelly, ended up being released right before the
1977 season began, on March 30th.
He’d never catch on as a player again in the Majors, but as we all know
he would go on to an incredibly successful coaching career, beginning
with the Cleveland Indians in 1979 and running straight through to 2011
with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Between 1983 and 2011 he continuously worked as a coach for manager Tony
LaRussa, including the Oakland “Bash Brothers” run and later on the
Albert Pujols-era Cardinals, leading to three championships (1989, 2006
On a side note: though he showed some “pop” as a player, hitting as many
as 19 home runs in 1972 with Oakland, his 1966 minor league season was
eye-popping on the back of a baseball card!
With the Modesto Reds of the California League, he hit an incredible 46
home runs, along with 112 runs batted in and 103 runs scored in only 439
His NEXT highest home run total in the minors was 15, which was the previous year!
I don’t know what was going on that season in Modesto, but something HAD to be different. No? Makes no sense.
Anyone have a clue? Would love to hear it...