Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#563 - Wilbur Howard


Card fact: Wilbur Howard has already appeared on this blog once before.

What I thought about this card then: I have the mini card, but I believe it's one of the few that I have acquired after 1975. I don't remember thinking anything about this card as a kid.

What I think about this card now: Howard is airbrushed into an Astros cap. This is his first solo card, but he appeared in the 1974 Topps set on one of the four-player rookie cards and he is wearing a Brewers cap. Howard was traded from the Brewers to the Astros at the end of March 1974.

Other stuff: Howard was mostly a fourth outfielder for the Astros between 1974-78. He played in 121 games in 1975, finishing with 111 hits and ranking in the top 10 in the National League in stolen bases with 32.


Back facts: I have no idea why the number 15 is printed in giant block letters. It's a departure from the format used for all the other cartoon answers.

Other blog stuff: On this date in 1965, Rick Monday became the first player drafted in the inaugural major league player draft. The Arizona State sophomore was selected by the Kansas City A's.

3 comments:

Toyin O. said...

Thanks for sharing.

Play at the Plate said...

That cartoon really jumps out at you. It's more interesting than the front of the card.

Mindy Robinson-Paquette said...

I knew Willie when he played for the Newark Co-Pilots, a single-A team in the NYP league. Soft-spoken, gentlemanly, and a delight to have at our home -Hydesville Rd., Newark, NY.