Friday, January 19, 2018

no. 745 - sandy alomar

Who is the man: Sandy Alomar, in the league for seven years at this point, really broke out in a big way in 1970, appearing in all 162 games and garnering the only All-Star appearance of his career.

Can ya dig it: That's a fine-looking card. Many of the super-high numbers leave a lot to be desired but that's flat-out a pleasing piece of cardboard.

Right on: Alomar has understandably been overshadowed by his more successful sons, but, I really liked Alomar Sr. as a kid. And that was when he was with the Yankees.

You see that cat Alomar is a bad mother: Alomar is part of an exclusive group as I believe -- unless I've missed someone -- he and Ken Griffey are the only major league players who can say they have a son who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Shut your mouth: Alomar appeared on the roster of four different major league teams in 1967 as he was traded three times. In a later interview he called the season "a nightmare." "They treat me like something they could throw away if they want to."

No one understands him but his woman: Alomar finally made the postseason in the 13th of his 15 big-league seasons. He pinch-hit for the Yankees during the 1976 ALCS and flew out in Game 4 against the Royals.

(A word about the back): Alomar converted those 296 consecutive games played into 661, finally taking a break in 1973. It's the 19th longest streak in MLB history.


  1. This card is in my Mets not on the Mets virtual Frankenset, which is just about complete, and hopefully will turn into a blog at some point this year. His sons will be sharing a card. The Alomars had an odd habit of making short term stops in Queens.

  2. Would bet that his card number plus the # of at-bats in the previous season (745+672) is some kind of Topps record.