1991 Wichita Wranglers AA Texas League

I have watched many a baseball game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on the banks of the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas. I grew up watching the Wichita Aeros, the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate from 1970 to 1984. After graduating college in the summer of 1980 I worked at the Wichita Children’s Home and I took a group of boys to see Mark Fidrych pitch for the Evansville Triplets vs. the Areos. I cannot remember who won the game, but I do remember Fidrych signing autographs for every one of those boys when it was over though not a one of them had a clue who he was. What I would have given to be able to show those boys a few YouTube videos of the Bird and his eccentric antics on the mound in Tiger Stadium.

In the early 90’s I began taking my own sons to see the Wichita Wranglers when they were the AA affiliate for the San Diego Padres and then the Kansas City Royals. We got to witness up-close the talents of the Alomar brothers, Johnny Damon, and many more. I imagine that my sons were more thrilled to participate in making the world’s largest ice cream sundae and getting to lie on the infield turf to watch fireworks after a game – such are the joys of minor league baseball – but they have very fond memories and a continuing relationship with both minor major league baseball.

Wichita lost the Wranglers in 2007 and I left Kansas the following year, but Lawrence-Dumont will always have a special place in my baseball memory palace.

Here are a few cards from the 1991 Wranglers Roster:

Pedro Martinez – Imagine my shock when I opened this pack of cards! Alas, same famous name from same country, but a couple of years older than THAT Pedro Martinez in the Baseball Hall of Fame. While their major league careers overlapped for 6 seasons, I doubt that they ever appeared in the same game.

 

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Benito Santiago, 1987 National League Rookie of the Year

 

Career Accomplishments:

  • Played 1,917 games at the Catcher position, which ranks 11th all time.
  • 10,816 putouts as Catcher, which ranks 12th all time.
  • Helped turn 230 Double Plays as a Catcher, which ranks 25th all time.
  • Ranks 3rd in Padres team history for Defensive WAR, 8.9, behind Garry Templeton and Ozzie Smith
  • Ranks 9th in Padres team history for Home Runs with 85.

 

 

 

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San Diego Padres Rookie Cards

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Dave Winfield, Hall of Fame

Career Accomplishments:

  • 12 time All-Star
  • 7 time Gold Glove winner
  • 6 time Silver Slugger winner
  • 11,003 at bats ranks 9th all time
  • 2,973 games played ranks 11th all time
  • 1,833 RBI ranks 18th all time
  • 3,110 hits ranks 21st all time
  • 1,093 extra base hits ranks 22nd all time
  • 465 home runs ranks 34th all time
  • .984 fielding percentage in right field ranks 51st all time

Here is a list of the Dave Winfield cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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1980 Topps

 

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Roberto Alomar, Hall of Fame

Here is a list of the Roberto Alomar cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, Hall of Fame, Batting Title Winner

Tony Gwynn is the only player in the list of Top 20 Career Batting Average Leaders to be born after 1959. The next youngest player in that list is Ted Williams, who was born in 1918 and retired in 1960 – the year that Gwynn was born. Gwynn is tied for 18th with a career batting average of .338. Williams is tied for 7th on the list with a career average of .344.

The fact that Tony Gwynn is the only player in the list of Top 20 Career Batting Average Leaders to have played within the past 58 years speaks volumes to how much the game has changed in the post-World War II era.  There are only 6 players in the top 50 of career batting average leaders to have played in the years since World War II: Williams, Gwynn, Stan Musial (#30), Wade Boggs (#33), Rod Carew (#34), and Joe Dimaggio (#41). It is also interesting to note that in this list of 6 all batted left-handed except for Joltin’ Joe.

Reddit user Metatron207 has done a much more thorough job of running the numbers to demonstrate the significance of Tony Gwynn’s batting prowess in the post World War II era:

“Here are some Top 20 Batting Average facts:

  • Of the Top 20, three were born in the 20th century: Gwynn, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig.
  • Eight debuted in the 19th century.
  • Two, Dave Orr and Pete Browning, retired in the 19th century.
  • One player on the list, Dan Brouthers, was born in 1858–102 years before Gwynn.
  • Aside from Gwynn himself, every man on the Top 20 list had retired before Gwynn was born except for Ted Williams, who retired later the same year.
  • 13 of the Top 20 were dead before Gwynn was born, and two more (Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby, incidentally the Top 2) died within three years.
  • Only Ted Williams and Bill Terry lived long enough to see Gwynn play in MLB, and only Williams survived long enough to watch Gwynn’s entire career–Williams died the following year.
  • The mean birth year of the 20 players, including Gwynn, is 1887. The mean debut year is 1908, the mean retirement year is 1925, and the mean year of death for the Top 20 is 1952, eight years before Gwynn’s birth.
  • The medians are strikingly similar (1887/1907/1928/1952). So the average player in the Top 20 was born 73 years before Gwynn was born, debuted 53 years before Gwynn was born, retired 32 years before Gwynn was born, and died 8 years before he was born.”

Tony Gwynn also is #1 among all Hall of Fame inductees since 1960 with the lowest K rate (table).

Here is a list of the Tony Gwynn cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals, Hall of Fame

The Wizard of Oz was a marvel to behold in the field and at the plate. He ranks second only to Tony Gwynn among Baseball Hall of Famers with the lowest strikeout percentage per plate appearance.

Here is a list of the Ozzie Smith cards that I currently have in inventory. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver, St. Louis Cardinals – especially from the 60’s, 1969 and 1986 New York Mets, and 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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