Sunday, May 19, 2019

1970 SPECIAL- THE AMERICAN LEAGUE'S LINE-UP AT THE 1969 ALL-STAR GAME

I just had to create a 1970 “special” card when I came across this image of the 1969 American League starting line-up for the All-Star game, which was held in Washington D.C.:


How fitting that the towering player smack in the middle of the Junior Circuit’s squad is the Senators’ slugging star Frank Howard, aka “Hondo”, surrounded by guys like Rico Petrocelli, Sal Bando, Bill Freehan, Boog Powell, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew.
I’ll take that line-up any day of the week!
Completing the line-up was starter Mel Stottlemyre of the New York Yankees, though sadly for them they would fall to the National League 9-3 thanks in large part to Willie McCovey’s two home runs and Johnny Bench adding one of his own, accounting for five RBIs between them.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy these “specials”, as I love creating them, wishing Topps did the same through the 1970’s giving their sets a little extra character.

10 comments:

  1. Great picture! What a lineup!

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    1. Still mesmerized by this picture and the power it represents. Homer totals from Reggie to Rico are 47, 32, 37, 48, 31 & 40. You made me look! Killebrew led the AL that year with 49 and won the MVP, but couldn't make the starting lineup.

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  2. WOW! I hope you find more photos like this one. I love those players and those uniforms!

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    1. Especially Hondo in that Senators uniform, a true classic that cannot be brought back.

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  3. Lots of badass in one picture.

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  4. That is a great card, Gio!

    Always amazed at how big Frank Howard is. And I thought Boog Powell was big? :)

    Similar to the rundown of the 1971 All Star game. Great names, great game!

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  5. Imagine you are the centerfielder and Frank Howard is lumbering toward you to make a catch that YOU could easily get. What do you do? (I'm getting out of his way! LOL )

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    1. Especially since Howard was not the most graceful outfielder in addition to his obvious size.

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  6. Fantastic card! Now I wish Topps would do something like this!

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  7. Group photos like that are great. All-star games are such a good opportunity to see greats together. Fun card.

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