Thursday, December 2, 2010
#384 - Brewers/Del Crandall
Card fact: This is the only team card in the set in which all of the players are standing instead of some standing and some sitting. It certainly stood out to me, as I always wondered why the Brewers took the all-standing approach.
What I thought about this card then: I just told you.
What I think about this card now: White jackets are not a good look. Why did they wear them?
Other stuff: Del Crandall, the former standout Milwaukee Braves catcher of the 1950s, was in his third year of trying to turn around a franchise that was only in its seventh season in 1975. Crandall was never able to get the Brewers higher than fifth in the six-team American League East. He was dismissed at the end of the 1975 season.
Back facts: It's good to see that Topps was able to get Hank Aaron on the checklist as a Brewer. A couple other players traded in the 1974 offseason didn't make their new team's checklist.
Even with the addition of Aaron and the new arrival of Robin Yount there wasn't much else to this team. A lot of names forgotten by time.
Other blog stuff: Let's see how well Topps did representing the 1974 Milwaukee Brewers team.
The Brewers used 36 players in 1974. Topps featured 24 of them, including Dave May, who was traded for Aaron and is featured as a Brave on his 1975 card.
Among the players Topps did not feature was Deron Johnson, who had 152 at-bats, mostly as a designated hitter. I suppose Topps was scared away by his .152 batting average. A year later, Johnson was in the 1976 Topps set with Boston.
Topps also didn't have a card of a young Sixto Lezcano, who batted 54 times, which was more than Gorman Thomas, who had a card in the '75 set.
So, here is where the Brewers rate with the other teams shown so far in terms of percentage of players featured by Topps:
1. Tigers 78.37% of players featured
2. Orioles 78.13%
3. Dodgers 74.29%
4. Giants 71.43%
5. Indians 71.11%
6. Royals 70.59%
7. Red Sox 70.27%
8. Angels 68.89%
9. Expos 68.29%
10. Brewers 66.67%
11. Cardinals 65.12%
12. White Sox 65.0%
13. Phillies 62.5%
14. Pirates 61.5%
15. Padres 55.8%