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What did you think of the 1977 (and 1978) Kansas City Royals? 

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Team Photo

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Collage of team

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“Little” Freddie Patek & “Big” John Mayberry we’re part of the cast of characters.

Willie Mays Aikens took over for Mayberry in ‘78.

I thought Darrell Porter was the catcher? He was the one who got loaded and then would play catcher.

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Papa Voo wrote: “Little” Freddie Patek & “Big” John Mayberry we’re part of the cast of characters.

Willie Mays Aikens took over for Mayberry in ‘78.

I thought Darrell Porter was the catcher? He was the one who got loaded and then would play catcher.


I believe that's the 1976 Royals team from the 1977 Topps set. Topps always featured stats on the back of the cards from the previous season.
You're right, Porter was the catcher in '77 & '78.

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Thanks!

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The ‘77 Royals had a nice little feud with the White Sox that summer.  The Sox had a rag tag group of guys having career years like Richie Zisk, Eric Soderholm and Oscar Gamble, and somehow the Sox had the AL West lead going into August.  They pissed off the Royals by taking curtain calls and singing Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam at Old Comiskey.  The Royals came back and won the division, but it was a battle.



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Richie Zisk - That is a blast from the past. A Polish Prince!

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The 1977 Chicago White Sox employed possibly the first use of the term "rent-a-player". It could not afford free agents so owner Bill Veeck just traded for guys who were about to become free agents to get one good year for the team and hope for the best.

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Exactly. They traded Bucky Dent for Oscar Gamble. Gamble was gone the next year, but Veeck knew he was never going to be able to sign Dent long term either.



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I remember watching the Royals vs the Tigers back in the old astroturf days- you could see a sizzling smoky haze from the centerfield camera on hot days.

And the balls just scooted through the infield. It seemed they were built for that type of field with speedy baserunning.

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The Royals had very good teams for a long time. A fantastic scouting and minor league system in the 70's and 80's. Modeled themselves after the Dodgers and it worked.

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A few years back I met former Royal and current day Milwaukee Brewers commentator Davey Nelson and tried my best to recall players from that era just to prove I used to follow the sport. of course, I picked Freddie Patek remembering his short stature, and Paul Splitorff who was already dead. Oh well.

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The Royals were somewhat of a regional team, so they had some exposure in my home. I think the local channel even re-broadcast about 5-10 Royals games a year until the early 80's. I wasn't a big baseball fan until 1990, but I remember Dennis Leonard, Amos Otis and (maybe) John Wathan.

I had two/thirds of that collage as Pizza Hut laminated placemats. Was able to sell them for about $15-20 bucks a piece during the Royals' 2015 World Series run.

My dad worked regional sales in the late 70's and his best buddy/colleague was in KC and a huge fan. Circa 1992, we found an old 70's birthday card to my dad from the guy...he said something silly about baseball and "Mickey Mouse League". I got that it was about the Royals winning their division and the AL's old insult-name. Yet my mom insisted it was some kind of special code for them to meet at a hotel and bang chicks, the next time they were in KC.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: The Royals were somewhat of a regional team, so they had some exposure in my home. I think the local channel even re-broadcast about 5-10 Royals games a year until the early 80's. I wasn't a big baseball fan until 1990, but I remember Dennis Leonard, Amos Otis and (maybe) John Wathan.

I had two/thirds of that collage as Pizza Hut laminated placemats. Was able to sell them for about $15-20 bucks a piece during the Royals' 2015 World Series run.

My dad worked regional sales in the late 70's and his best buddy/colleague was in KC and a huge fan. Circa 1992, we found an old 70's birthday card to my dad from the guy...he said something silly about baseball and "Mickey Mouse League". I got that it was about the Royals winning their division and the AL's old insult-name. Yet my mom insisted it was some kind of special code for them to meet at a hotel and bang chicks, the next time they were in KC.
Well, uh, there is a fond memory of your parents that you can always treasure. 

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