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1982 Fleer ‘Big Red Machine’ Starring Dan Driessen, Dave Concepcion, And George Foster

1982 Fleer ‘Big Red Machine’ Starring Dan Driessen, Dave Concepcion, And George Foster

While the three players featured in this baseball card issued as part of the 1982 Fleer baseball cards set do not conjure of images and thoughts of the true ‘Big Red Machine’, I am happy to see that Fleer made the effort.

Have a look:

 

But, back in 1982 Johnny Bench was with the team still too – I wonder why he was left out…

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

Dan Driessen’s big league career last for 15 seasons.  Not surprisingly, his most successful run came during his years in Cincinnati.  From 1973-84, Driessen called Riverfront Stadium home as he patrolled the corners of the infield and outfield for the Reds.

A utility player, and solid athlete, Driessen used his skills to get himself on the field.  A great reserve, he offered the team a role player that was able to play 4 of 8 defensive positions.

Offensively, Driessen was serviceable. A lifetime .267 hitter, Driessen’s greatest gift was his speed.  In 15 seasons, he stole 154 bases en route to scoring 746 career runs.

Driessen was a part of the 1975 & 1976 World Series championship winning teams in Cincy.  In 6 games, he went 7-for-16 with a home run.

Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

About two weeks ago Ron sent me an email asking I would like a few of his extra ’75 Topps cards featuring guys for my team set.  With a checklist featuring more than 30 cards, I jumped at the chance to secure a few freebies!!!

Here they are:

Jack Billingham – Billingham was a solid part of the Reds pitching staff in 1975 and 1976.  With 15 and 12 wins respectively, he set the pace for what would be 10 consecutive seasons with double-digit victories.  Billingham was an All-star during the 1973 baseball season and he also finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.  Billingham was on both of the Reds’ championship winning teams in 1975 and 1976.

Pedro Borbon – Borbon starred for the Reds for 10 seasons.  During his days in Cincy, Pedro amassed a 62-39 record while capturing 76 saves.  Used primarily in middle relief, Borbon figured in several wins because of the powerful offense of ‘The Big Red Machine’.  Borbon’s career win percentage of .639 puts hi min 36th place on the all-time list.  Borbon was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series winning teams.

Clay Carroll – Carroll played 8 years for the Reds and enjoyed his greatest success as a major league pitcher with the team.  During that time, Carroll won 71 games while losing just 43 – good for a .623 win percentage.  Carroll was a 2-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 8 for the Cy Young award 2 times.  Carroll won one title with the Reds, in 1975.

Terry Crowley – Terry Crowley’s career as a Red lasted just 2 seasons – 1974 & 1975.  An outfielder, Crowley was used primarily as a utility guy to give the starters a break when needed.  Playing in just 150 games as a Red, Crowley amassed a .250 batting average while collecting 49 hits, 31 RBI, and scoring 19 runs.  Crowley was a member of the 1975 World Series winning team and he hit .500 in that championship match-up. 

Dan Driessen – Driessen was a solid contributor to the Reds team for 12 seasons.  A key, and underrated part of their offense, Driessen hit .271 as a Red while also scoring 661 runs, crushing 133 home runs, stealing 150 bases, and collecting 670 RBI.  Driessen won titles with the Reds in both ’75 & ’76 – and in that 1976 series, he hit .357 as he went 5-for-14.

Caser Geronimo – In the right place at the right time, Cesar Geronimo played 9 of his 15 big league seasons in Cincinnati.  A solid outfielder that could play both Center and Right very well, Geronimo won 4 consecutive Gold Gloves in Cincy from 1974-1977.  With the team, he hit .261, but during the World Series he rose his average to .290 en route to winning championships in both 1975 and 1976.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Ron!!! 

This was just the kick-start I needed to get going on this set.  I appreciate your extreme act of generosity!!!

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