Card fact: This card officially puts the green-light green combo into the overall lead with 16 cards. The orange-brown combo had led from the beginning all the way to this point. Truly a momentous day! We'll have to see if orange-brown can re-take the lead.
What I thought about this card then: No knowledge of it.
What I think about this card now: This was one of the cards that I saw for the first time when I was trying to complete the set a few years ago. When I read the name, it sounded familiar to me. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I had absolutely no knowledge of this player.
Other stuff: Pedro Garcia made a big impact with the Brewers in his debut, finishing the season with the league lead in doubles with 32 and coming in second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. But his season was very Angel Berroa-like. Low on-base percentage, lots of strikeouts, few walks. Garcia declined quickly and was out of the majors by 1977. Unfortunately, Berroa is still sticking around. Damn expansion.
Back facts: Error by Topps. The date of Mantle's 565-foot home run was actually April 17, 1953. April 18th was an off-day for the Yankees.
Other blog stuff: The Disney movie "Escape to Witch Mountain" was released on this date in 1975. I thought that movie was very cool when I was kid. One of the first movies I ever saw. No, DVDs back then, kids. We went to the theater.