Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Thursday, September 10, 2009

1974 Topps Giants -- Part 3

  • This is a great action shot of Gary and it's one of my favorite cards of the 1974 set. Gary Matthews batted .287 with 16 HR and a team-leading 82 RBI in 1974. He also walked 70 times and had a .368 on base percentage.

  • Jim Howarth was at the end of the line in 1974. He was hitless in four at bats and was sent to AAA Phoenix in late May. Jim played in 51 games for Phoenix in 1974 and then was done.

  • Garry Maddox batted .284 in 135 games as the starting center fielder in 1974. He led the club in stolen bases (21) and doubles (31).

  • Bobby Bonds had an off-year in 1974. He batted .256 with 21 homers and 71 RBI. He led the team in runs scored with 97 and in stolen bases with 41.
  • If the starting three (Matthews, Maddox, Bonds) didn't play, Dave Kingman or Gary Thomasson replaced them. I think this is the fewest number of outfielders I've seen on a team from the 70s.

  • The Giants actually had a pretty decent starting lineup in 1974. It's too bad they couldn't hang on to more of these guys.

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