Tuesday, May 5, 2015

no. 407 - joe rudi


Who is the man: Joe Rudi had just completed his first 100-game season when this card hit packs. He played in 106 games, batting .309.

Can ya dig it: Terrific shot of a common scene at first base that you don't see a lot on a baseball card. How can you beat Rudi in that gold-and-green ensemble?

Right on: I don't know my early '70s Yankees well enough to identify a player with a shadow across his face. My guess is Curt Blefary.

You see that cat Rudi is a bad mother: Rudi hit the game-winning and Series-clinching home run in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series against the Dodgers.

Shut your mouth: Rudi has been a longtime ham radio operator going back to his playing days.

No one understands him but his woman: It took several years for Rudi to stick with the Oakland A's. In 1969, five years after Rudi's first year in pro ball, manager Joe McNamara said of Rudi: "It's hard to say what his future might be with the team. There are a number of question marks."


(A word about the back): Rudi's .309 batting average in 1970 was the best of his 16-year career.

6 comments:

  1. I'll always remember Rudi for his leaping catch against the left field wall in game 2 of the '72 World Series. I was still smarting from Cincinnati's 9th-inning win against the Pirates in the final game of the NLCS, and I took great pleasure in the A's taking down the Reds.

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  2. I love this card! It was one of a handful of 1971s when I was a kid and it always made me wonder about the rest of the set.

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  3. Rudi played 1B in a day game at Yankee Stadium only once in 1970, on July 16. It was the first game of a doubleheader. A's won 8-2. Five Yankees reached first that day - White, Blefary, Murcer, Kenney and Cater. It's definitely not White. Beyond that, I can't say, but Blefary is a possibility.

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  4. Have you noticed how many photos/action shots were taken in Yankee Stadium? Topps was located in New York and so I'm guessing they must have trotted down to Yankee Stadium to get a photo/action shot of the players they missed in spring training. Then again, there doesn't seem to be that many shots in Shea.

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  5. In 1968, Rudi began the season in the minors. On his first day back, he was inserted into the starting lineup, and made a great defensive play to save Catfish Hunter's perfect game.

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