Thursday, May 12, 2016


Here’s a thread that hasn’t been visited in a while, the ongoing “1976 Project” for reader Jim and his pursuit of the complete 1975 representation of players and who they played for.
So today we spotlight former Chicago Cubs all-star shortstop Don Kessinger, who actually appeared in the 1976 Topps set as a St. Louis Cardinal player with a classic airbrush job since he was was traded to them in October of 1975:

Jim had me create a Cubs version for Kessinger since he played the entire ‘75 season with them, his last of 12 campaigns that saw him get named to six all-star teams along with two Gold Gloves.
Though still a relatively young 33 years old by the time 1976 opened up, Kessinger’s days as a player were winding down, seeing him play a season and a half in St. Louis before moving back to Chicago, this time for the South Side White Sox, where he would become player manager in 1979.
It wasn’t exactly a successful tenure, as the Pale Hose went 46-60 under his reign before the organization gave the job to a guy who would see some success as a Major League manager: Tony LaRussa.
As for Kessinger, he retired with a very nice Major League resume that sported a 16-year career with the aforementioned all-star nods and Gold Gloves, batting .252 with 1931 hits over 7651 at-bats in 2078 games.


  1. It's a fit and was highly needed with that gaudy Topps airbrush job that he received. Good stuff Gio!

  2. I just looked up his '76 card and even his face looks airbrushed, lol.

  3. 1979 was the first year I seriously started collecting baseball cards. I remember Kessingger had a Topps card listing him as SS but he was also on the White Sox team card as "Manager". As a relatively naïve 10 year old at the time, I didn't know there was such thing as a player who was also a manager.



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