Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S: BERT "CAMPY" CAMPANERIS

Long overdue, it’s time to go and give Bert Campaneris, “Campy” a “Nicknames of the 1970’s” card, in his case a 1976 edition since I’ve always loved the color scheme of the Oakland A’s cards that year:


“Campy” was a consistent spark plug for the Athletics organization since he came up in 1964 and making quite a splash by hitting two home runs in his Big League debut off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat.
He’d go on to lead the American League in stolen bases six times, while getting named to six All-Star teams along the way.
Of course, he would also be an important member of the three-time World Champion Oakland A’s of the mid-70s along with Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi and Catfish Hunter just to name a few.
He would end up playing 19 Major League seasons, all the way to 1983, finishing up with 2249 hits, 1181 runs scored and 649 stolen bases over 2328 games.

2 comments:

  1. As a Reds fan growing up in the 70s, I probably should have hated the A's, but I didn't. I loved their uniforms. Loved the cards Topps issued of the team with several great action shots. Also, the drama was like a car crash that you just can't take your eyes off of. They were wildly entertaining. Sure, I would have liked to have won that '72 Series, but it was a great series that is largely underrated thanks to the '75 Series a few years later.

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  2. Sweet custom! I went to a lot of A's games back in the 70's. I was a little too young to remember Campy or anything specific about those legendary A's teams... but as a collector and fan of the Athletics, I love collecting his cards.

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