Monday, September 22, 2014
Who's Who in Baseball - 1967
I found this magazine recently at an antique store in Avalon, NJ. I collected several of these back in the 1960s, including (I’m sure) this one. I may still have them stashed in my house somewhere, but for $1.00 I couldn’t pass up this one.
I briefly leafed through the magazine in the store, and although you can find the stats and trades on Baseball-Reference.com, this mag also notes the dates of players’ trips to the disabled list, which is a plus.
I examined each page a few days ago, and discovered that every player (except Athletics’ pitcher Bill Edgerton) has a thumbnail pic next to his stats. (This surprised me, because I recalled that many rookies did not have photos in some years.) For some reason, EVERY photo showed the player in a blacked-out cap.
The mag has the career major and minor league stats for every major-league player active at press time (which seemed to be sometime in December 1966, because the off-season trades of Maury Wills to the Pirates and Mike McCormick to the Giants are noted).
Almost every player that had a card (and about 3 dozen players on "Rookie Stars" cards) in the 1967 Topps set was included in this magazine, but I was also surprised to see the following players without 1967 cards included (maybe they were not released or retired by press time):
Robin Roberts (includes “released by Cubs 10/4/66”)
Sandy Koufax (includes “announced retirement 11/18/66”)
Joe Adcock (includes “appointed Indians manager 10/3/66”)
At the back of the book is a list of “10-year veterans who played in 1966 who are not on a major-league roster in 1967”:
Smoky Burgess (later re-signed by the White Sox, and given a ’67 card)
Lenny Green (later re-signed by the Tigers, but no ’67 card)
Felix Mantilla (later re-signed by the Cubs, and given a ’67 card)
Andre Rogers (later re-signed by the Pirates, and given a ’67 card)
Johnny Klippstein (later re-signed by the Tigers, and given a ’67 card)
Jim Owens (later re-signed by the Astros, and given a ’67 card)
On the back cover, and inside the 2 covers are full-page photos of Juan Marichal, Gary Peters, and Matty Alou. I didn't scan any inside pages, because I don't want to flatten the magazine on my scanner, fearing the pages will detach.
A nice little reference guide for roster geeks from back in the day!