Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1977 Kellogg's #41 Jim Lonborg

One of the cool things about this blog is every once in a while I'll get a random Phillies baseball card in the mail.  Reader Brad came across this lenticular delight shortly after the start of the new year, noticed it was on one of my wantlists and sent it my way.  So after a long, hard day at work, this beauty was waiting for me among the bills and unwanted catalogs in yesterday's mail.

Thanks Brad!

We now return you to one of slowest offseasons in recent Phillies history.  (Not that I'm complaining, of course.  If adding Cliff Lee to your rotation results in a slow off-season, I'd sign up for that every time.)


Jim from Downingtown said...


I remember when the Phillies got Jim Lonborg & Ken Brett from the Brewers before the 1973 season (for Don Money & John Vukovich). They had just come off Steve Carlton's amazing performance in 1972, and were now adding 2 QUALITY starting pitchers, which enabled them to banish Billy Champion and Barry Lersch rom the rotation (thus saving countless thousands of fans from throwing things at their TV sets!)

The top 3 of Carlton, Lonborg, and Brett were a promising start towards a franchise about to turn itself around.

Jim said...

Good stuff. I had forgotten that Don Money and Vuk were part of the same trade to the Brewers.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Brett had a good year for the Phillies in 1973, and was frequently used as a pinch-hitter.

He only spent 1 season in Philly, then was traded to the Pirates for Dave Cash, which paid dividends for 3 more seasons.