Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Prime 9 - California Angels


The 14th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Angels won 388 games between 1966 and 1970. Although they fared better than their AL expansion partner (Washington Senators), the Angels would not finish in 1st place until 1979.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Prime 9 - Kansas CIty / Oakland Athletics


The 13th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Athletics won 395 games between 1966 and 1970. After only winning only 74 and 62 games in their final 2 seasons in Kansas City, the A's moved to Oakland in 1968 and had a winning record every season from 1968 to 1976, including 3 straight World Series championships.

After the awful photos on their 1968 and most 1969 cards, it's great to see everyone in fresh new Oakland uniforms.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Prime 9 - New York Yankees


The 12th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Yankees won 398 games between 1966 and 1970. After losing more games than they won from 1966-69 (including a last-place finish in 1966), in 1970 they won 93 games, a 13-game improvement over 1969.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Prime 9 - Chicago Cubs



The 11th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Cubs won 409 games between 1966 and 1970. Quite a comeback for only winning 59 games in 1966!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Prime 9 - Atlanta Braves


The 10th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Braves won 412 games between 1966 and 1970, their first 5 seasons in Atlanta. Orlando Cepeda is the first player to appear twice in this Prime 9 series.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Prime 9 - Los Angeles Dodgers


The 9th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Dodgers won a ninth-best 416 games between 1966 and 1970. This despite enduring the only stretch under manager Walter Alston where they finished lower than 2nd place for 3 consecutive seasons (1967-69).

(I should have included Sandy Koufax here, but he only played 1 season during this time period.)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Prime 9 - Boston Red Sox


The 8th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Red Sox won 424 games between 1966 and 1970. They jumped from 9th place in '66 to 1st in '67, losing the World Series in 7 games.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

RIP - Ernie Bowman


Ernie Bowman, an infielder for the Giants from 1961-63, passed away on August 4, 2019 at age 84.


Bowman played in the minors every year from 1956-69, except for 1962 and 1963. Those were the seasons he stayed with the Giants all year, backing up at 3 infield positions.

He was involved in multi-player deals in 1964 (to the Braves) and 1965 (to the Mets), but never played in the majors after September 1963, even though he had a card in the 1966 Topps set.

Johnson City (TN) Press obituary

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Prime 9 - Pittsburgh Pirates


The 7th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Pirates won 430 games between 1966 and 1970. They were strong at every position except catcher and 3rd base. (Maury Wills played 3rd base in '67 and '68, but by then he was just "a name".)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Prime 9 - Cincinnati Reds


The 6th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Reds won 437 games between 1966 and 1970. Look at all those rookie trophies! Pete Rose also had one on his 1964 card.

Monday, July 22, 2019

RIP - Don Mossi


Don Mossi, a pitcher for 4 teams from 1954-65, passed away on July 19, 2019 at age 90.


Mossi was a reliever for the Indians for 5 seasons (including an All-Star berth in 1957), then a starter for the Tigers for another 5.

He also played 1 season each for the White Sox and Athletics. Don finished up strong, pitching 51 games for the A's at age 36 in 1965.

Mossi had been the 3rd oldest living player from the 1965-69 era. The top 5 now stands at Elroy Face, Whitey Ford, Al Worthington, Curt Simmons, and Hector Lopez, all age 90 or above.

BaseballHappenings.net obituary

Friday, July 19, 2019

RIP - Ernie Broglio


Ernie Broglio, a pitcher for the Cardinals and Cubs, passed away on July 16, 2019 at age 83.


Broglio was a member of the Cardinals' starting rotation from 1959 to early-1964, and led the NL with 21 wins in 1960 (while finishing 3rd in the Cy Young voting), but he will forever be remembered as the player the Cubs received when trading Lou Brock to the Cardinals in June 1964.

He also won 12 and 18 games for St Louis in 1962 and 1963, but his career sputtered in Chicago, never winning more than 4 games in a season, and was through by July 1966.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary

Chicago Sun-Times obituary

Thursday, July 18, 2019

RIP - Pumpsie Green


Pumpsie Green, a Red Sox infielder from 1959-62, passed away on July 17, 2019 at age 85.


Green made his major-league debut with Boston on July 21, 1959, as the Red Sox finally broke the color barrier (the last team to do so).

He was the backup middle infielder 4 seasons, receiving his most playing time during 1960.

After the 1962 season he was traded to the Mets (with pitcher Tracy Stallard) for 2nd baseman Felix Mantilla. Green played 17 games at 3rd base for the 1963 Mets, but played most of '63 and '64 with their triple-A Buffalo team.

He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2018.

Pumpsie's brother Cornell was a standout defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1962-74.

MLB.com obituary

USA Today obituary

Fox News obituary