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1975 Topps Set Card 315/660 – #561 – Oakland Athletics Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 315/660 – #561 – Oakland Athletics Team Card

Progress: 315/660

Card Number:  561

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Manager: Alvin Dark

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The 1975 Oakland A’s finished the season with a 98-64 record, good for first place in the American League West.  The team was paced by offensive leaders like Reggie Jackson, Billy Williams, Claudel Washington, and Bert Campaneris.  And the pitching staff was supported by Vida Blue and Ken Holtzman while Rollie Fingers kept the bullpen in check with his 24 saves.  The A’s lost in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox.

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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!!!

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 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 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.

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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.

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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!!!