Tag Archives: Ken Holtzman

1975 Topps Set Card 231/660 – #466 – World Series Highlights

1975 Topps Set Card 231/660 – #466 – World Series Highlights

Progress: 231/660

Card Number:  466

World Series Highlights – A’s Do It Again.  Win 3rd Straight World Series.

This card celebrates the championship win of the Oakland Athletics at the culmination of the 1975 World Series.  The A’s, having won the 1973 and 1974 World Series titles cemented their place in baseball history as a true dynasty in the sport with their third straight championship victory.


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

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

Progress: 158/660

Card Number:  461

Date:  October 12, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 1



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 119/660 – #464 – 1974 World Series, Game 4

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

Progress: 119/660

Card Number:  464

Date:  October 16, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 4



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.

Did You Know…

Oakland A’s starting pitcher won both the first and last games of the 1973 World Series.  Starting three games during that championship match-up, Holztman was on the winning end on two of the three games he started.

Happy Anniversary Ken Holtzman!!!

On this day in 1969 Ken Holtzman pitched a no-hitter.

In front of a crowd of 37,000+ loyal fans at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, Holtzman’s home team battled the Atlanta Braves.  The only offense that the Cubs needed that day was a 3-run home run by Ron Santo as Ken Holtzman was on fire.

Here are some of the numbers from that historic afternoon:  9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 0 runs allowed, 3 walks, and 0 strikeouts.

This may be the first no-hitter that I have researched in which the pitcher did not strike out a single batter – WoW!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Holtzman!!!!


Ken Holtzman Autograph TTM Success!!!

36 days is all that it took for Ken Holtzman to return this signed card to me. 

The autograph was done in ball-point pen and doesn’t look great but beggers cannot be choosers….

While Holtzman may best be known as part of the 3-time World Series champion Oakland A’s teams from the mid-70’s, I like to remember his days with the Chicago Cubs.  Like a few other notable pitchers, Ken had 2 stints with the Cubbies – the first tem he played with for 7 years and then again for the final 2 years.

Altogether, Holtzman won 174 games while losing 150.  He has amassed 1,601 career strikeouts, a 3.49 ERA, 127 complete games, 31 shutouts, and 2 All-star team selections.

Thanks for the great autograph Mr. Holtzman!!! 


15 TTM Autograph Attempts Are Out In The Mail…

Now that my Spring Training attempts at TTM are over, I wanted to jump right into the regular season.  I probably won’t send out a lot to active players but there are a ton of veterans still hanging out around the league disguised as coaches, announcers, and managers.  You better believe I am going to go after them with some gusto.  I’ve also got a nice stack of former Cubs that I want to try to get autographs from as well.

So here is my first attempt for some ‘regular season’ autographs.

The guys – Tom Browning, Damon Berryhill, Scott Sanderson, Ken Holtzman, Don Zimmer, Greg Gagne, Dan Gladden, Doug Dascenzo, Cris Carpenter, Terry Steinbach, Billy Hatcher, Jim Presley, Tommy Hutton, Cookie Rojas, and Dave Martinez.

As always, I will be sure to post my successes with you as they roll in.  And pics too of course!!!