Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Saturday, September 18, 2010

1968 Topps Giants - part 1

#267 Herman Franks

  • The 1968 Giants finished in second place for the fourth straight year. It  must have been frustrating for fans during this era to keep getting so close without getting over the hump. The Giants had good pitching but they didn't have enough offense to compete with the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Herman Franks had been managing the Giants since 1965. The club finished in second place in each of his seasons at the helm. Franks resigned as manager after the 1968 season. He later managed the Chicago Cubs from 1977-1979.
  • Team record: 88-74 (2nd in NL, 9 games behind St. Louis)
  • Attendance: 837,220 (7th of 10 teams)
  • Team Batting: .239 (6th in NL)
  • Team HR: 108 (2nd in NL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 50 (8th in NL)
  • Team ERA: 2.71 (3rd in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .975 (9th in NL)
  • Batting Leader: Willie McCovey (.293)
  • Home Run Leader: Willie McCovey (36)
  • RBI Leader: Willie  McCovey (105)
  • Runs Leader: Willie Mays (84)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Bobby Bonds (16)
  • Victories Leader: Juan Marichal (26)
  • Losses Leader: Ray Sadecki (18)
  • ERA Leader (starters): Bobby Bolin (1.99)
  • ERA Leader (relievers): Frank Linzy (2.08)
  • Saves Leader: Frank Linzy (12)
  • League Leaders: Willie McCovey (slugging - .545, Home Runs - 36, RBI - 105); Ron Hunt (hit by pitch - 25); Juan Marichal (wins - 26, complete games - 30, innings - 325.2)
  • NL All Stars: Willie  McCovey (starting 1B); Willie Mays (starting CF); Juan Marichal (P)
  • Gold Glove Winners: Willie Mays (OF)


#104 Dick Dietz
  • Dick Dietz batted .272 with six HR in 96 games.


Tom Haller
  • Tom Haller didn't play for the Giants in 1968.
  • Haller was traded (with a minor leaguer) to the LA Dodgers before the 1968 season for Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver
  • Tom played for the Giants from 1961-1967, then for the Dodgers from 1968-1971. He finished his career with the Detroit Tigers in 1972. Haller was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1972 season, but he never played with the club and was released in 1974.


#351 Bob Barton
  • Bob Barton batted .261 in 46 games.


#419 Jack Hiatt.

  • Jack Hiatt batted .232 with 10 HR in 90 games. 

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