Thursday, March 27, 2014
1973 Mets Fantazy Cards Series One
Well, one out of twelve since series one of the 1973 Mets Fantazy Card set consists of these twelve cards.
Nope, you don't get doubles in fantazypacks.
Mid season he was asked if the Mets were out of the race for the pennant. The team was dead in last place, 11 games out of first. Berra replied " It ain't over til it's over." One of those simple observations that only Yogi could find a way to immortalize in words. But if the '73 Mets didn't make it to the big dance would the saying be as well remembered?
He was 2-5 when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta's Marty Perez on May 8th. Upon his return he went 7-14 before turning it around at the end of July. Going down the stretch in August and September Matlack won seven out of eight decisions.
>More on Jon and his thick skull here< ________
I used to dig how sometimes Rusty would try and get something extra on a throw by throwing himself with the ball. I'd emulate this playing baseball throughout my limited career in the C.Y.O. league (and years later playing softball) and it did feel like I was getting some additional giddy-up on the throw.
The Mets got Millan before the 1973 season for two established Metropolitans, Gary Gentry and Dan Frisella.
It was one of the better trades the Mets ever made. Felix played in 153 games, establishing new Met records in at-bats (638) and hits (185). And Millan would be a productive second baseman for New York for another five years.
Jim Fregosi started the season with the team but soon would be gone. When he was sold to the Texas Rangers on July 11th he was batting .232 with no homers and 11 RBI. He sucked at this point of his playing career and one thing I'll give him credit for is he knew it.
In 1978 Fregosi would be Nolan Ryans manager with the California Angels. Yep, with Jim ( & Mets fans) it always comes back to Nolan. Did I mention that Ryan threw his first two no-hitters in 1973? I probably shouldn't. Yeeeeaa.
Fregosi was out and Wayne Garrett, finally, was in. Wayne was in the prime of his career. He stepped up in '73 and played 140 games, 129 of them at third base. He knocked 16 dingers and drove home 58. He only batted .256 but if New York needed a big hit in a big game Mets fans would be glad to have had Wayne Garrett at the dish.
Steady Eddy was a good all around bench and back up guy in 1973. Mostly due to injuries he played 51 games at first for John Milner and 30+ games relieving Cleon Jones in left. Kranepool was thirty years old now and had played for the team for 12 years. He would play for us for seven more.
And, as a matter of fact, when he returned to be the everyday catcher the Mets began to win in earnest and make a run for the pennant that nobody seemed to want.
Jim Beauchamp was a power hitting slugger who dominated in the minor leagues during the early 1960's. In 1963 & '64 he had 31 and 34 home run seasons. Jim won the 1963 Texas League MVP Award, and a large billboard showing him batting stood outside Tulsa's Oiler Park until the stadium was demolished in 1980.
Beauchamp came to New York through a 7 player trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards got Art Shamsky, Rich Folkers, Jim Bibby and Charlie Hudson from the Mets. We received Beauchamp, Tom Coulter and Chuck Taylor. Beauchamp was issued Art Shamsky's old number, 24, which he wore until mid 1972 when Willie Mays came home to New York. Jim switched to #5.
We also got Harry Parker in the deal, who would play a small yet vital role on the '73 team as a spot starter and reliever. While Tug McGraw was struggling to find his groove Harry plugged the gap. Parker won eight games in a season we needed every win we could get. He also saved five games in '73, second on the team only to Tug McGraw's 25.
Here Harry takes the pose that would become the Topps symbol for right handed pitchers on the '73 Topps cards.
I can never see Tommy Moore and not be reminded of the Monty Python Dennis Moore sketch.
"Stand and deliver!"
Krantzbucks of the OOTBD for making the Jim Beauchamp photo presentable for his fantazy card.
Much information regarding Jim Beauchamp is from his Wiki page.
Hey! You forgot your gum!