Card fact: This is John Knox's first solo card. He appeared on one of the 4-player rookie cards in the 1974 set.
What I thought about this card then: I never saw it. Knox is another one of those players that I didn't even know existed until I started to put together the set again in 2004.
What I think about this card now: It's amazing how many of the backgrounds on these cards make the player look like he's the last person on earth. Where is everyone?
Other stuff: Knox played four seasons in the majors, all for the Tigers, between 1972-75. The 1974 season was his best, when he appeared in a career-high 55 games, had a career-high 88 at-bats and hit .307.
Despite a career .274 average, Knox was only a part-time player -- known more for his fielding -- for Detroit. He was also used as a pinch-runner.
Back facts: There is even a baseball card set that commemorates the Mets' trip to Japan in 1974.
Other blog stuff: Former Dodgers pitcher Tommy John was born on this date 68 years ago.