Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Matt Cain pitches a perfect game!

  • All I can say is WOW! This makes the mlbtv package well worth the price! Mr. Cain was dominant in this game.
  • This is the first perfect game in NY/SF Giants franchise history.
  • Here is a perfect game-saving catch by Gregor Blanco in the 7th inning.


Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #9 - 2011 NL Strikeout Leaders


  • Tim Lincecum's wavy hair looks out of place here. 
  • I like how the '63 leader cards were emulated, right down to listing the guy who finished 50th in the league in strikeouts.
  • Tim won his first game of the year today. He went only five innings, and it wasn't always pretty, but it's good to see him get a W.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #325 - Brian Wilson




Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #163 - Matt Cain



  • Mr. Cain pitched a gem in the Giants' home opener today. He allowed one hit (the only baserunner of the game for Pittsburgh), struck out 11 batters, and shut out the Pirates 5-0. Great game, Matt!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #346 - Santiago Casilla


  • I opened up my first 2012 Topps Heritage pack today and I got one Giants card -- Santiago Casilla.
  • Santiago Casilla has been an important part of the Giants bullpen for the last two seasons. As the back of his card states, the Giants got him just at the right time.
  • As far as I can tell, the following Giants are in the 2012 Heritage set:
    • 5 - Tim Lincecum (LL)
    • 9 - Tim Lincecum (LL)
      50 - Madison Bumgarner
    • 61 - Aubrey Huff
    • 85 - Buster Posey
    • 163 - Matt Cain
    • 169 - Brett Pill (rookie stars)
    • 208 - Brett Pill (rookie stars)
    • 258 - Bruce Bochy
    • 270 - Nate Schierholtz
    • 325 - Brian Wilson
    • 346 - Santiago Casilla
    • 388 - Pablo Sandoval
    • 460 - Brett Pill (SP)
    • 474 - Barry Zito (SP)
    • 490 - Brandon Belt (SP)
  • If I missed any of the base cards, please let me know.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson!

  • The Beard is 30 today---long live the beard!
  • Brian Wilson has had some good years as the Giants' closer.
    • 2006: 4-3, 5.40 ERA in 31 games
    • 2007: 1-2, 2.28 ERA, 6 saves in 24 games
    • 2008: 3-2, 4.62 ERA, 41 saves in 62 games -- it was his first year as the Giants' closer and although he had a skunky ERA Brian made the 2008 NL All Star team
    • 2009: 5-6, 2.74 ERA, 38 saves in 68 games
    • 2010: 3-3, 1.81 ERA, 48 saves (led NL) in 70 games, NL All Star, 1-0 with 6 saves during the post season.
    • 2011: 6-4, 3.11 ERA, 36 saves in 57 games, NL All Star
  • Happy birthday Brian!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

1984 Topps #109 - Brad Wellman

  • Brad Wellman was originally signed by the Kansas City Royals in 1978. He played in the Royals' system from 1978-1981.
  • Wellman was traded (with Atlee Hammaker, Renie Martin, and Craig Chamberlain) to the Giants on 30 March 1982 for Vida Blue and Bob Tufts.
  • Brad batted .324 for AAA Phoenix and got his first taste of major league action at the end of the 1982 season.
  • Wellman batted .311 in 45 games for Phoenix in 1983 and was called up at the end of May to replace the injured Duane Kuiper. Brad was given a shot at the starting second base position but he didn't provide enough offense (.214 in 82 games).
  • Brad's 1984 season looked a lot like his 1983 season. He started with Phoenix, hit pretty well, and was called up after a couple of months. Wellman improved his average to .226, but it wasn't enough improvement.
  • The Giants were wretched in 1985 (62-100). Brad backed up Manny Trillo at second base. Wellman outhit Trillo during the season (but neither player broke .240).
  • The coming of Robby Thompson in 1986 spelled the end of Brad Wellman's time in San Francisco. Brad batted .282 in Phoenix, but he only got into twelve games for the Giants. After the season Wellman became a free agent and signed with the LA Dodgers.
  • He played in the Dodger organization in 1987 and then spent the last two years of his career in the Royals' organization. Wellman retired after the 1989 season.
  • Brad Wellman now owns Wellman Sports in San Ramon, CA and teaches baseball to youngsters.
  • Brad has a son (Casey Wellman) who plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.
  • Brad Wellman had a pretty good minor league career (.298 lifetime average in eight seasons).
  • Stats:
    • 1982 - .250 (1 for 4)
    • 1983 - .214 in 82 games
    • 1984 - .226 in 93 games
    • 1985 - .236 in 71 games
    • 1986 - .154 (2 for 13) in 12 games