- Bruce Christensen had a long minor league career. He played from 1966 through 1976 (except for 1969 and 1970)
- Christensen retired after batting .240 for Phoenix in 1976.
- Bruce was called up to the California Angels in mid-July 1971 and stayed with the club for the rest of the year. It was the only stint he had in the majors
- In July 1973 Christensen was traded with pitcher Don Rose to the Giants for Ed Figueroa.
- This is from the March 1973 issue of Baseball Digest:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
- Here is a picture of the goodies I won from the Number 5 Type Collection blog
- Gotta love the old cards. I'm especially excited about the Phoenix Giants cards since I went to a lot of their games when I was young
- People who entered the contest had to make a comment about what his/her favorite team was and what his/her father's favorite team was. My comment is below:
- My father's favorite team is the Giants. After a bit of an odyssey on my part, my favorite team ended up being the Giants as well.
I think my dad rooted/roots for the Giants because they have trained here in Arizona. Their AAA team was the Phoenix Giants for many years.
I started out as a Reds fan. This was the era of the Big Red Machine. I got mad at the Reds for trading Tony Perez and letting Pete Rose go. I switched to the Phillies when Rose went there. The Giants were always my secondary team because of going to so many Phoenix Giants games.
After Pete retired I ended up rooting for the Giants full time. This was the Roger Craig "humm-baby" era. This continued until the Barry Bonds era. I pulled for the Giants for his first few years, but when Arizona got the Diamondbacks I started rooting for them. This was mainly because it was getting much tougher to root for Bonds (grouchiness, roids).
After Bonds left I went back to the Giants and have been there ever since.
- Thanks for the cards!!!!!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
- Gaylord Perry spent ten years with the Giants and had a record of 134-109 with an ERA of 2.96
1962 Topps #199
- Perry started the season with the Giants, but spend a good portion of the year in AAA Tacoma
- He was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 games (7 starts)
1963 Topps #169
- Gaylord was mostly a bullpen guy in 1963
- He was 1-6 with 2 saves and had a 4.03 ERA in 31 games (4 starts)
1964 Topps #468
- Perry started the 1964 season in the bullpen but became a permanent part of the rotation by August.
- Gaylord went 12-11 with 5 saves and had an ERA of 2.75 in 44 games (19 starts)
- Perry pitched 10 innings in the 23 inning game against the Mets on May 31 and earned the win.
1965 Topps #193
- 1965 was Perry's last year as a starter/reliever.
- Gaylord went 8-12 with a 4.19 ERA in 47 games (26 starts)
1966 Topps #598
- Perry had his first big year in 1966
- He went 21-8 with a 2.99 ERA
- Was the NL Player of the Month in June
- Pitched two scoreless innings (the 9th and 10th) and earned the win in the All Star Game
- Giants manager Herman Franks was upset about how Perry and Juan Marichal were used in the game
1967 Topps #320
- Had a 15-17 record with a 2.61 ERA
1968 Topps #85
- Was 16-15 with an ERA of 2.45
1969 Topps #485
- Led the NL in innings pitched (325.1)
- Went 19-14 with a 2.49 ERA
1970 Topps #560
- Led the NL in wins (23), starts (41), innings (328.2), and hits allowed (292)
- Went 23-13 with a 3.20 ERA
- Allowed two runs in two innings pitched in the All Star Game
- Finished second to Bob Gibson in NL Cy Young Award voting
1971 Topps #140
- In his last year with the Giants, Gaylord was 16-12 with a 2.76 ERA
- Had a complete game 5-4 victory in game 1 of the NL Championship series
- Was the losing pitcher in game 4 of the NLCS
- Perry was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Frank Duffy for Sam McDowell after the season
Monday, June 20, 2011
- Grab some pine, meat! I love that phrase!
- Mike Krukow is more famous for his announcing of Giants games (along with Duane Kuiper), but he was a pretty good pitcher as well
- The Giants acquired Mike in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1982 season. Joe Morgan and Al Holland were traded to the Phillies for Krukow, Mark Davis, and a minor leaguer.
- Before the Giants got him, Krukow had a career record of 58-61 in seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs (6 years) and the Phillies (1 year)
- Mike made his major league debut on September 6, 1976 (my 10th birthday)
1983 Topps Traded #58T
- In 1983 Krukow was 11-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts
1984 Topps #633
- Krukow was 11-12 with one save and a 4.56 ERA in 35 games (33 starts)
- Mike led the NL with 234 hits allowed
1985 Topps #74
- Mike had a 3.38 ERA in 1985 but slipped to an 8-11 record in 28 starts
- Won the Willie Mac Award
1986 Topps #752
- Mike's best season was in 1986
- Krukow had a 20-9 record with an ERA of 3.05 in 34 starts
- Mike finished 3rd in NL Cy Young Award voting in 1986
- Krukow pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the 1986 All Star Game
- Beat the Dodgers 11-2 for his 20th win on the last day of the season.
- Won the Willie Mac Award for the second straight year
1987 Topps #580
- Slipped to a 5-7 record with a 4.80 ERA in 30 games (28 starts)
- Allowed 2 runs on 9 hits in a complete-game 4-2 win in game 4 of the NL Championship series
1988 Topps #445
- Went 7-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts in 1988
- Did not pitch from late June to mid August.
- Pitched his last game of the 1988 season on August 28
- Underwent rotator cuff surgery on September 13
1989 Topps #125
- Started eight games and was 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA
- His last major league game was June 4, 1989
- Underwent surgery on June 30 to repair a torn rotator cuff
1990 Topps #241
- Retired in March 1990 -- he wasn't able to come back from the rotator cuff injury
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
- It's been a while since I've done one of these.
- Bob Brenly was always a favorite of mine.
- Brenly was a 27-year-old rookie in 1981 and batted .333 (15 for 45) in 19 games
1982 Topps #171
- Bob batted .283 in 65 games as a catcher and third baseman
1983 Topps #494
- Spent most of his 1983 season behind the plate and also had some playing time at 1B and in the outfield
- Batted .224 in 104 games
1984 Topps #378
- 1984 was Bob's best season
- Batted .291 with 20 HR and 80 RBI
- Made the NL All Star team and struck out as a pinch hitter
- Won the 1984 Willie Mac award for his spirit and leadership
1985 Topps #215
- Batted .220 with 19 HR and 56 RBI
1986 Topps #625
- Played in 101 games as a catcher but also saw significant time at 3B (45 games) and at 1B
- Batted .246 with 16 HR and 62 RBI
- Led NL catchers with a .995 fielding percentage
- Committed four errors in the same game (all in the fourth inning) as a third baseman on September 14. Bob later hit the game-winning HR in the bottom of the 9th
1987 Topps #125
- Bob's final season as a full-time player
- Batted .267 with 18 HR and 51 RBI
1988 Topps #703
- Batted .189 in 73 games
- Released after the 1988 season
1989 Topps #52
- Started the 1989 season with the Toronto Blue Jays and batted .170 in 48 games
- Released by the Blue Jays on July 18
- Signed with the Giants on August 2
- Played in 27 games (.255 in 98 AB) for the AAA Phoenix Firebirds
- Batted .182 in 12 games for the Giants
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
- The write-ups on these Kellogg's cards are great!
- I wonder why Kellogg's never did a card of Gary Matthews while he was with the Giants
- This is the first time I have noticed a first initial on the front of the card. I guess they also did a card of Elliott Maddox that year
Saturday, June 4, 2011
- The Giants had SO many good young outfield prospects in the 1970s: Garry Maddox, Gary Matthews, Dave Kingman, George Foster, and later Jack Clark. How could they have let so many of them go?
- On May 4, 1975 the Giants traded Maddox to the Philadelphia Phillies even-up for Willie Montanez. Yuck!
- Garry won the first of eight straight Gold Gloves in 1975.
- We just got back from a short visit to Albuquerque. One thing I'll say is: Google Maps for the Android phone is great when traveling! I got a lot of use out of it during this time in Albuquerque.
- One of the cool things is that I was able to do a search for "sports cards" and it came up with several stores. I think Albuquerque has more card shops than Phoenix.
- The shop I visited is called Bubba's Baseball Bullpen. The store is located at 8206 Menaul Blvd. NE. It has a pretty good selection of newer stuff, lots of supplies, and some good vintage cards as well. It was nice to see that the owner didn't need to look at a price guide before giving me prices for 1970s common cards. I picked up this 1975 Hostess card of Garry Maddox and several vg-ex 1973 commons and semi stars. His singles are half price for the rest of 2011.
- Here is a video someone made a couple of years ago: