This past Saturday the SABR Chicago chapter was honored to welcome renowned author and 1970s savant Dan Epstein (Big Hair and Plastic Grass, Stars and Strikes) for a discussion of his latest book (co-authored with Ron Blomberg), The Captain & Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson.
At the end of the meeting Dan was gracious enough to offer up his “All Funky 1970s All-Star Team.” With Dan’s permission I am sharing his squad here on the SABR Baseball Cards blog. Each selection is illustrated with the 1970s baseball card I think best captures the player’s funkiness.
CATCHER – MANNY SANGUILLEN
FIRST BASE – DICK ALLEN
SECOND BASE – TITO FUENTES
THIRD BASE – BILL MADLOCK
SHORTSTOP – GARRY TEMPLETON
RIGHT FIELD – COBRA
CENTER FIELD – GARRY MADDOX
LEFT FIELD – JOSE CARDENAL
STARTING PITCHERS – LUIS TIANT, BILL LEE, MARK FIDRYCH, VIDA BLUE, DOCK ELLIS
BULLPEN – SPARKY LYLE (LH), DON STANHOUSE (RH)
DESIGNATED HITTER – OSCAR GAMBLE
PINCH HITTER – JOHN LOWENSTEIN
PINCH RUNNER – LARRY LINTZ
UTILITY MAN – LENNY RANDLE
MASCOT – THE CHICKEN
OWNER – BILL VEECK
Note: No 1970s baseball card of Veeck was available, so I went with one from 1980.
Check the video around the 45:23 mark to listen to Dan’s rationales and honorable mentions for this super funky squad or—even better—to catch the entire #StayHomeWithSABR presentation.
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