Monday, August 1, 2016
no. 559 - rookie stars, american league
Who is the man: Terry Cox, Bill Gogolewski and Gary Jones each spent the majority of 1970 in the minor leagues. Each also made their major league debuts that year.
Can ya dig it: This is the American League counterpart to the National League rookie stars card that appeared 30 cards ago. The National League rookie stars fared a lot better than these three.
Right on: The AL card does have one advantage on the NL card. All three players are wearing their correct caps. Not an airbrushing in sight.
You see these rookies are bad mothers: Way, way off. They're not bad-ass at all. Only Gogolewski was still a major leaguer when this card was issued.
Shut your mouth: Cox and Jones wouldn't appear on another Topps baseball card.
No one understands him but his woman: Gogolewski allowed the first home run hit at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. It was hit by John Mayberry in 1973.
(A word about the back): Gogolewski's 1970 stats are from his season in Double A Pittsfield, Mass.