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1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

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Player Name:  Rollie Fingers

Card Number:  21

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1973-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rollie Fingers appeared in a league-leading 75 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 10-6 with 24 saves alongside his 2.98 ERA.  In 126 innings pitched, Fingers struck out 115 batters while walking just 33.  He had a strikeout per 9 innings of work ratio of 8.2 per 9 innings pitched.

Notes From Career: Fingers’ Hall of Fame career was punctuated by seven All-Star selections, an MVP Award and a Cy Young Award.  He has a career record of 114-188 with a 1.96 ERA and 341 saves.  Fingers struck out 1,299 batters during his playing days and has a strikeouts:walk ratio of 2.64:1.  He won three World Series titles with the A’s from 1972-74.


1975 Topps Set Card 92/660 – #45 – Joe Rudi, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 92/660 – #45 – Joe Rudi, A’s

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Player Name:  Joe Rudi

Card Number:  45

Team:  Oakland A’s

Position:  Outfield, First Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1967-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Joe Rudi put on an All-Star and Gold Glove winning performance in 1975.  Rudi played in 126 games for the A’s and collected 130 hits en route to a .278 batting average.  Of his 130 hits, Rudi slugged 26 doubles, 6 triples, and 21 home runs.  He also scored 66 runs for the A’s while driving in 75.

Notes From Career:   Joe Rudi was a 3-time All-Star and winner of 3 Gold Glove Awards.  He also played on three World Series winning teams from 1972-74 in Oakland.  Rudi connected for 1,468 career hits including 287 doubles and 179 home runs.  He was a solid defender and retired with a .991 fielding percentage.


1975 Topps Set Card 67/660 – #278 – Paul Lindblad, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 67/660 – #278 – Paul Lindblad, A’s

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Player Name:  Paul Lindblad

Card Number:  278

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1965-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Lindblad appeared in 68 games for the A’s in 1975.  He put together a record of 9-1 with a solid 2.72 ERA in 122 innings of work.  Of the 499 batters that Lindblad faced, he struck out 58 while walking 43.
Notes From Career:  Paul Lindblad appeared in 655 regular season games during his career.  He finished with a 68-63 record with 64 saves and 1 shutout on his resume.  He appeared in the postseason three times during his playing days making it to the World Series twice.  And each appearance resulted in World Series wins – in 1973 with Oakland and in 1978 with the Yankees.


1975 Topps Set Card 55/660 – #452 – Angel Mangual, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 55/660 – #452 – Angel Mangual, A’s

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Player Name:  Angel Mangual

Card Number:  452

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1969, 1971-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Mangual played in 62 for the A’s in 1975.  He hit just .220 with 24 hits in 109 at-bats.  Of his 24 hits, he connected for 3 doubles and 1 home run.  Mangual scored 13 runs and had 6 RBI for the team by the end of the season.

Notes From Career:  Mangual appeared in 450 games during his 7-season major league career.  He has a career batting average of .245 and had a career high of 85 hits during the 1974 baseball season.  Mangual made it to the postseason in 1972, 1973, and 1974 winning three World Series titles with the Oakland A’s.  In those match-ups, he hit .176 with 3 hits in 17 at-bats.


1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

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Player Name:  Vida Blue, Joe Torre

Card Number:  209

Team:  Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Vida Blue and Joe Torre were the MVP’s of their respective leagues at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  Blue led the A’s with his 24-8 record that included 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  He had a league-low ERA of 1.82 and struck out 8.7 batters per 9 innings.  Torre led the NL with 230 hits in 161 games during the 1971 season.  He also led the league in RBI, batting average, and total bases with 137, .363, and 352 respectively.


1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ’300 wins’ and ’3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ’300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970′s with Oakland.

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.

Did You Know…

Vida Blue was the first pitcher in the 20th century to strike out over 300 batters in a season but not lead the league in strikeouts.  In 1971, Blue struck out 301 batters but it was Mickey Lolich led the league with 309 K’s.

Vida Blue

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

On this day in 1970, Vida Blue threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.  Amazingly, it was just the eight start of his major league career.

At home and in front of a crowd that just eclipsed 4,000 fans, the 20-year old Blue put on quite a performance.

The numbers – 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and most importantly an Oakland Athletics victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Blue!!!

Rollie Fingers 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Rollie Fingers 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Well friends, I am down to needing just two cards to complete my Rollie Fingers player collection.

That’s because I just landed this card from the 1975 Topps baseball card set!!!



I like the card – the Orange 1/2 border works well with the Oakland A’s colors.  I do, however, wish that the image was zoomed out more so we could get a better sense of what was happening…

The next two on my list are the 1971 Topps and his 1969 Topps rookie card.  The ’71 should not be too hard to score for a good price, but it is the Black border that worries me.  I have not had much luck in finding ones in EX condition for a price that works for me – but I will try!

As for Fingers’ rookie card, I have to say that I am pretty surprised at how much they consistently sell for.  I thought that it would not be a problem sneaking one out for less than $10, but that has not worked out at all.  Maybe it is due to the card being in the very popular 1969 Topps set?  Maybe vintage is making a comeback?  Either way, this one will be a challenge.

Wish me luck!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 67 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!