Tuesday, January 23, 2018

no. 746 - andy kosco

Who is the man: Andy Kosco spent the 1970 season with the Dodgers, his second year with the club. He fell off quite a bit from 1969, though, and was traded to the Brewers for Al Downing before the 1971 season.

Can ya dig it: This is a classic for Dodgers fans. Kosco's Dodger uniform is unmistakable. In fact everything about this card says "Dodgers" except for the wording at the top and an artist's paint brush.

Right on: I've debated putting this in my Dodgers binder.

You see that cat Kosco is a bad mother: Kosco went 3-for-10 for the Reds in the 1973 NLCS against the Mets. It was his second-to-last major league season and only postseason experience.

Shut your mouth: Kosco was upset when the Yankees traded him to the Dodgers for the 1969 season. "You cannot imagine the thrill it is to put on a Yankee uniform and play in Yankee Stadium. And you have to be around (Mickey) Mantle to appreciate what he is -- the most courageous man I have ever seen."

No one understands him but his woman: Kosco and his wife, Cathy, had five children. His two sons each made Triple A in baseball.

(A word about the back): Gil Hodges holds the Brooklyn-Los Angeles record for RBIs in a game with nine in 1950, so the back is referencing just the L.A. record. Ron Cey (The Penguin!) broke the RBI record Kosco tied by driving in eight runs against the Padres on July 31, 1974.

1 comment:

  1. As a follow up to you initial comments on the card and I'm not the person who has the skills to do this but a custom card for Andy Kosco would look great that made this a Dodgers card instead of a Brewers card.