Saturday, October 16, 2010
#342 - Leroy Stanton
Card fact: This is the first card that I ever saw in both regular-sized form and mini form. In 1975, during my first year of collecting cards, my friends and I had so few cards that there were players that we knew to be on regular-sized cards and players that we knew to be on mini cards. It was as if players on regular-sized cards didn't exist on mini cards and vice versa, even though we knew that they did.
I had the mini version of the Leroy Stanton card first. When I saw the regular-sized version if Stanton, it practically blew my 9-year-old mind.
What I thought about this card then: This was my favorite Angels card in the set. It was also one of my favorite cards in the set, period. I liked the batting pose.
What I think about this card now: The jacket under the uniform is obvious, but we didn't give it a thought as kids. It never seemed strange.
Other stuff: Stanton started out with the Mets, but came over to the Angels in the deal that also brought Nolan Ryan to California in exchange for Jim Fregosi (I mentioned this trade just four cards ago). Stanton had five productive seasons for the Angels.
He was selected by the Mariners in the expansion draft, and became one of the team's leading sluggers (along with Ruppert Jones and Dan Meyer) with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs in 1977, Seattle's first season. The next year, Stanton hit just .183 with three homers, and that was his final season.
(Edit: Stanton died in a car crash at age 72 on March 13, 2019).
Back facts: The cartoon is etched in my brain, but I haven't hard the term "tweener" in decades.
Also, this is the second straight time that the card write-up mentions a very impressive game by the player featured.
Other blog stuff: Here is the mind-blowing regular-sized card and mini-sized card, side-by-side: