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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 158/660 – #461 – 1974 World Series, Game 1

1975 Topps Set Card 158/660 – #461 – 1974 World Series, Game 1

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Card Number:  461

Date:  October 12, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 1

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Game 1 of the 1974 World Series saw its share of great action.  For the Dodgers, pitcher Mike Marshall kept the Dodgers in the game as he went 8 innings while allowing three runs.  But those three runs would prove to be costly as they were one too many for the Dodgers to overcome as they faced a trio of pitchers including Ken Holtzman, Rollie Fingers, and Catfish Hunter – who allowed just two runs between them.

The A’s won 3-2.

1975 Topps Set Card 144/660 – #465 – 1974 World Series, Game 5

1975 Topps Set Card 144/660 – #465 – 1974 World Series, Game 5

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Card Number:  465

Date:  October 17, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 5

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Game 5 of the 1974 World Series was the match-up clincher for the A’s as they beat the Dodgers 3-2 and captured the World Series championship.

Vida Blue and Don Sutton both gave their teams a chance to win, but ultimately, it was the home run hit by Joe Rudi in the 7th inning that would be the difference maker.  His solo blast gave the A’s their 3rd run of the game which turned out to be the game-winner.

 

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Steve Garvey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Garvey was a machine for the Dodgers in 1975.  Playing in 160 games, Garvey hit .319 with 210 hits in 659 at-bats.  Of his 210 hits, Garvey connected for 38 doubles, 6 triples, and 18 home runs.  He scored 85 runs for the team while also driving in 95.  Garvey was named as an All-Star in 1975, and he also captured a Gold Glove Award.

Notes From Career:  Steve Garvey was a fan favorite during his 19-year major league career.  He was a 10-time All-Star that won four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at first base.  Garvey is a lifetime .294 hitter with 2,599 career hits including 440 doubles and 272 home runs.  He won the 1974 NL MVP Award and was a member of the 1981 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 119/660 – #464 – 1974 World Series, Game 4

1975 Topps Set Card 119/660 – #464 – 1974 World Series, Game 4

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Card Number:  464

Date:  October 16, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 4

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The A’s went on to beat the Dodgers 5-2 in Game 4 of the World Series, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the match-up.  The Athletics has four different players responsible for driving in runs during the game including pitcher Ken Holtzman who also threw 7+ innings of 6-hit, 2-run ball that eventually led to the victory.

1975 Topps Set Card 118/660 – #631 – Lee Lacy, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 118/660 – #631 – Lee Lacy, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Lee Lacy

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Lee Lacy played in 103 games for the Dodgers during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .314 and had an on-base percentage of .356 with the team.  Lacy was a good source of run production for the Dodgers with his 40 RBI and 44 runs scored.  He had a keen eye at the plate striking out just 29 times in 336 plate appearances.

Notes From Career:   Lee Lacy was a career .286 hitter over 16 major league seasons.  He played for four different teams during that stretch, compiling 1,303 hits along the way.  Lacy played in four different World Series match-up winning titles in both the 1974 championship with the Dodgers and then again with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

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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.

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1975 Topps Set Card 93/660 – #462 – World Series Highlights – Game 2

1975 Topps Set Card 93/660 – #462 – World Series Highlights – Game 2

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Card Number:  462

Date:  October 13, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 2

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Winning by a score of 3 to 2, the Dodgers evened up the series with the A’s.  Don Sutton was the victor, over Vida Blue, with his 8-inning performance in which he allowed just 5 hits while striking out 9.  Joe Ferguson supplied 2 RBI for the Dodgers and Steve Yeager added another.

 

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.

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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.

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