Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Cardinals Team (#173)

Here is the 1967 Cardinals Team card, the only low-numbered card from this set that I didn't get in 1967. I bought this card (and almost all the high-numbered cards) in the 1980s.

It's also one of the 6 cards from 1966-69 where Topps didn't follow the team's color scheme.

As with all the team cards in those days, the back lists the team's statistical leaders, and all the pitchers with at least 1 decision. The "big guns" from 1966 (Bob Gibson, Orlando Cepeda, Lou Brock, Curt Flood) were also the main contributors in 1967, as the Cardinals went on to win the World Series. The 1967 pitching staff would be mostly the same as in 1966, except they shed veterans Curt Simmons, Art Mahaffey, Ray Sadecki, and Tracy Stallard.

Also check out the 1968 Cardinals Team card.


Commishbob said...

Nellie Briles went from 4-15 in '66 to 15-4 in '67. That's a hell of a turnaround.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Briles was primarily a reliever in 1966, only starting 17 of his 49 games.

In 1967, he also pitched in 49 games, but they were all in relief until July 21st, when he stepped into the rotation to replace Bob Gibson, who would miss 6 weeks with a broken leg.

Briles' remaining 14 appearances were all starts.