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1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

Progress: 199/660

Player Name:  Dave Kingman

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dave Kingman’s first with the New York Mets.  He played in 134 games for the club, hitting .231 with 116 hits in 502 at-bats.  Of his 116, Kingman connected for doubles, 1 triple, and 36 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 88 runs for the team while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Dave Kingman played for 6 different teams during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a career .236 hitter with 1,575 hits, which includes 240 doubles and 442 home runs.  Dave Kingman was selected as an All-Star three times during his career.  He led the league in home runs hit twice and RBI three times.  Kingman received votes for MVP in five different seasons.

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Did You Know….

No player in major league baseball history has hit more home runs in the final season in his big league career than Dave Kingman.  Kingman retired after the 1986 baseball season; a season in which he launched 35 four-baggers!

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Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – HUGE LIST OF FORMER PLAYERS ATTENDING!!!

Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – HUGE LIST OF FORMER PLAYERS ATTENDING!!!

Normally I reserve SUnday nights for a ’30-YOC Top Ten List’.  If you’re a frequent follower of my little blog, you know that.

But tonight, I have a special treat for you – The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is hold a golf tournament in mid-November that is hosting several former MLB All-Stars!!!

And you have a chance to add some great autographs to you collections!!!

Here are the details:

Fergie Jenkins
Foundation, Inc. November Event Mail Order

November
13th

Please Mail Items & Payment (Checks
payable to the The Fergie Jenkins Foundation) to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation

PO Box 664

Lewiston, NY 14092

*Please include SASE for return shipping

*NEED ITEMS BY NOVEMBER 5TH

And here are the players that are attending:

Ferguson Jenkins
Chicago
Cubs, Hall of Fame 1991
1971 NL Cy
Young
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats
– $25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Kelly Gruber
Toronto Blue
Jays
1992 WS
Champ, 1990 AS, GG, SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Dave Kingman
Cubs, Giants
442 HR’s, 3X
All-Star
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Lee Smith
Cubs &
Cardinals
7x All-Star,
478 Saves, 4X Rolaids Relief Winner
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats
– $20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Bill Buckner
Cubs & Red Sox
2,715 Hits, 80’ Batting Champ
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Jerseys/Bats – $40
86’ World
Series Items – $30
Jesse Barfield
Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees
1986 MLB HR Champ, AL GG, AL
AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Bert
  Campaneris
Oakland A’s
72, 73, 74 WS Champ, 6X
All-Star
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Willie Wilson
Kansas City Royals
85’ WS Champ, 80’ GG & SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Duane Ward
Toronto Blue Jays
92’ & 93 Champ, 93’ AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Meadowlark Lemon
Harlem
Globetrotters
Basketball
Hall of Fame 2003
Cards – $20
Flats
(all sizes) – $40
Basketballs/Jerseys
– $75

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

Shout out to my man ‘Hackenbush‘ for the fantastic idea!!!

Being that we both have a fondness for players from that era, he challenged me with this idea.  And while it took me a few weeks longer than what I wanted, it was not due to lack of interest.  It was that I had to revamp and revise the list time after time after time.

And while I am still not 100% sold on the final rankings, I am ready to publish my list tonight.

As for criteria, I tried to pick players that starred during the 1960s and 1970s for the majority of their prime.  And while I do think that there are several HOFers that seem to be forgotten from that period (Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock to name a few), if you are in the HOF you are not on my list.

So, with all of that being said – Let’s Do This!!!

Honorable Mention – Ted Simmons, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Tony Oliva, Tug McGraw, and Lou Piniella.

10B – Tommy John – 288 career wins with 162 complete games is nothing to sneeze at.  John was an All-Star four times and made it to the playoffs five times.

10A – Dwight Evans – A supreme defender with a cannon for an arm, Evans also delivered a punch at the plate as he connected for 385 home runs, and driving in 1,384 runners.

9 – Willie Randolph – A slick defender with unreal quickness, Randolph stole 271 bases and scored 1,239 times en route to six All-Star selections.

8 – Fred Lynn – The 1975 ROY and MVP was a supreme star from the moment he took the field.  Earning nine straight All-Star selections to start his career, Lynn was on par with the best outfielders in the AL for a decade.  And his 1979 batting title aint to shabby either…

7  -Dave Parker – A slugger in every sense of the word, Parker clubbed home runs for a living while helping make the Pirates franchise relevant.  339 career home runs with two batting titles and 7 All-Star selections solidifies the resume of the 1974 NL MVP.

6 – Luis Tiant – Ask anyone that faced him during his prime and they will tell you.  Luis Tiant was a monster!!!  With 229 career wins and 187 complete games, Tiant was a worker.  He threw more than 200 innings in 8 of his 19 seasons.

5 – Keith Hernandez – Before he was appearing in Seinfeld episodes or selling hair color for men, Hernandez was dominating baseball games as a defensive specialist.  He collected 11 Gold Glove awards in 17 seasons and his batting title in 1979 coupled with his Gold Glove status made him an MVP.

4 – Bill Madlock – Winning four batting titles is remarkable.  And winning them over a stretch of a 11-season span shows your dedication to the craft.  Madlock retired with a .305 batting average and rang up 11 seasons in which he hit .300 or better.

3 – Dave Kingman – He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.  He was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn.  In total, Kingman crushed 442 home runs, including eclipsing the 30-HR mark seven times.  Kingman was a 3-time All-Star.

2 – Maury Wills – A threat on the base paths from the moment he stepped onto the field, Maury Wills raised the bar when it came to base running and specifically base stealing.  The league champion for six consecutive seasons, Wills was the single season record owner, and swiped 586 bags during his 14-year career.

1 – Vida Blue – With uncanny talent, and a string team behind him, Blue was the AL MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971.  He would have five more Top 7 finishes for the Cy Young Award and also 6 All-Star game appearances.  Most important, Blue competed in and won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.

And there you have it.  If you asked me to do this again, I would probably rank them differently, but all of these guys had fantastic big league careers and they all deserve more credit and recognition by the sport and our hobby!!!

Thanks for reading.

Did You Know…

Dave Kingman is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in his last season.  Kingman finished his 16-year career in 1986 with the Oakland A’s, hitting just .210(118 for 561) but walloping 35 homers.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – this book was published in 2006.  I wonder if any other players crossed the 30-homer mark in their final season…  Bonds, Thomas, Sosa???  Time to do some homework!!

Did You Know…

The only 2 players to play in four different divisions in the same season are slugger Dave Kingman in 1977 and pitcher Dan Miceli in 2003.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball.

My Take – kind of a useless and uninteresting fact.  But it’s surely a fact that will stump the most knowledgeable of baseball fans…

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Dave Kingman

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Dave Kingman

Power, power, power.  Dave Kingman’s basbeall career could best be described in that one, single word.  Kingman was not a contact hitter, he did not steal bases, he did not shine in the field.  What he did do, quite simply, was hit the ball hard.  Very Hard!! 

In 16 years as a major league player, Dave Kingman collected 442 home runs.  And in 11 of the 16 years, he hit at least 24 dingers in each season.  Had he been able to play a few more years, 600 could have been a nice target for the guy that they called ‘Kong’. 

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Honorable Mentions

Every list needs an honorable mention, right???  Well then, this is no exception. These guys were great and when speaking of players to debut during the 1970’s it is hard to not include them in the discussion even though they did not make the cut into the ‘Top 31’.

Away we go…

Ron Cey– the hobby knows this card as the Mike Schmidt rookie, but Ron Cey was a hell of a ballplayer.  Dominant in the LA Dodgers uniform, Cey made the all-star team 6 years in a row.  With 1,828 hits and 316 home runs, Cey offered quite a bit of pop to the talented Dodger line-up.  Cey helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series title in 1981 where he won the World Series MVP award after hitting .350 and driving in 6 runs.

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Larry Bowa– Bowa was spectacular during the 2nd half of the 70’s.  With 5 all-star appearances in 6 seasons, Bowa’s consistent approach at the plate made him a reliable resource for the Phillies.  His 2,191 career hits with 318 stolen bases and 987 runs scored made him an offensive threat that took the Phillies to the World Series championship in 1980.

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Bill Buckner– Remembered way to much for his error in the 1986 World Series, Bill Buckner was a solid contributor in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  With a career batting average of .289 alongside 174 home runs, Buckner was a solid threat each time he approached home plate.  With 4 Top 20 finishes in the MVP race, Buckner’s batting skills made him an annual threat for the batting title – he hit .300 or better in 7 seasons.

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Dave Kingman– Mostly noted as a power hitter, Kingman makes the list for his incredible consistency to deliver the long ball.  With 442 career home runs, Kingman blasted 20 or more home runs 12 times in his 16 year career.  A 3-time All-star, if Kingman were to have played in an era in which his sole responsibility was as the designated hitter there would be no telling as to the kind of damage he could have done.

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Whew.  I’m done!!!