Night Owl, our blog contributor to Card of the Week posts, recently posted a 1974 Topps Traded card featuring Fernando Gonzalez.
Here, I'm even going to steal his card image:
This set was a really weird set of cards. These days, a traded or update set is quite typical. It's been happening pretty much every year since 1981, when Topps issued a traded set that included traded players as well as rookies such as Tim Raines and Fernando Valenzuela. The weird thing is that they issued this special set following the 1974 set but then stopped until 1981. This 1974 set also features a lot of strange photos, I think in part because Topps tried to get shots of players without helmets or caps to hide their old team logos.
Anyway, I had never heard of Fernando Gonzalez until I saw Night Owl's post. Apparently he was a bit of a utility player, seeing 249 games at second base but also 64 at third base, 16 in the outfield, and even 5 at shortstop. That's good stuff.
I got curious about his 17 career homers and clicked on his HR Log. Check it out:
|1973 HRs||#car||#yr||#gm||Date||@Bat||Pitcher||Score||Inn||Out||RoB||RBI||BOP||Pos||WPA||bWE||Play Description|
|1||1||1||1||1973-05-27||PIT||HOU||Dave Roberts||behind 0-5||b 6||0||---||1||1||5||0.036||8%||Home Run|
|1974 HRs||#car||#yr||#gm||Date||@Bat||Pitcher||Score||Inn||Out||RoB||RBI||BOP||Pos||WPA||bWE||Play Description|
|2||2||1||1||1974-07-02||NYY||@||DET||Luke Walker||tied 0-0||t 2||2||---||1||8||4||0.115||58%||Home Run|
|1977 HRs||#car||#yr||#gm||Date||@Bat||Pitcher||Score||Inn||Out||RoB||RBI||BOP||Pos||WPA||bWE||Play Description|
|3||3||1||1||1977-05-02||PIT||@||ATL||Bob Johnson||ahead 9-1||t 9||1||1--||2||7||5||0.001||100%||Home Run; Stennett Scores|
|4||4||2||1||1977-07-06||PIT||STL||Al Hrabosky||behind 6-8||b 7||2||12-||3||9||PH||0.551||76%||Home Run; Fregosi Scores; Ott Scores|
|5||5||3||1||1977-08-08||PIT||CHC||Rick Reuschel||ahead 3-2||b 6||2||---||1||7||4||0.120||83%||Home Run (Line Drive)|
|6||6||4||1||1977-08-28||PIT||@||SDP||Bob Shirley||ahead 2-0||t 3||2||1-3||3||6||7||0.181||91%||Home Run; Macha Scores; Oliver Scores|
|1978 HRs||#car||#yr||#gm||Date||@Bat||Pitcher||Score||Inn||Out||RoB||RBI||BOP||Pos||WPA||bWE||Play Description|
|7||7||1||1||1978-07-14||SDP||@||CHC||Dave Roberts||ahead 1-0||t 1||2||12-||3||6||4||0.221||81%||Home Run; Perkins Scores; Gamble Scores|
|8||8||2||2||1978-07-14||SDP||@||CHC||Dave Roberts||ahead 5-2||t 6||0||1--||2||6||4||0.072||95%||Home Run; Gamble Scores|
|1979 HRs||#car||#yr||#gm||Date||@Bat||Pitcher||Score||Inn||Out||RoB||RBI||BOP||Pos||WPA||bWE||Play Description|
|9||9||1||1||1979-04-05||SDP||@||LAD||Burt Hooton||ahead 1-0||t 7||1||---||1||8||4||0.133||81%||Home Run|
|10||10||2||1||1979-04-19||SDP||SFG||Vida Blue||behind 1-7||b 4||2||1-3||3||8||4||0.107||15%||Home Run; Winfield Scores; Hargrove Scores|
|11||11||3||1||1979-04-30||SDP||@||NYM||Craig Swan||behind 2-3||t 7||0||---||1||8||4||0.208||50%||Home Run|
|12||12||4||1||1979-05-21||SDP||LAD||Andy Messersmith||tied 0-0||b 4||2||1--||2||7||4||0.253||78%||Home Run; Tenace Scores|
|13||13||5||1||1979-05-25||SDP||HOU||Rick Williams||tied 0-0||b 2||1||---||1||7||4||0.121||65%||Home Run|
|14||14||6||1||1979-06-07||SDP||@||CHC||Ken Holtzman||tied 0-0||t 2||1||---||1||6||4||0.106||58%||Home Run|
|15||15||7||1||1979-06-13||SDP||PIT||Bruce Kison||tied 1-1||b 4||1||-2-||2||6||4||0.207||79%||Home Run; Turner Scores|
|16||16||8||1||1979-06-26||SDP||@||LAD||Don Sutton||tied 1-1||t 4||1||12-||3||7||4||0.269||82%||Home Run; Tenace Scores; Johnstone Scores|
|17||17||9||1||1979-07-13 (2)||SDP||@||MON||David Palmer||behind 3-4||t 6||2||---||1||7||4||0.176||44%||Home Run (LF-CF)|
I noticed a few interesting things here:
- Overall, it's a fairly impressive list of pitchers he homered off of.
- He owned Dave Roberts. Overall Gonzalez had 5 hits (3 homers) with 7 RBI in 16 at-bats against Roberts.
- He had one whopping pinch-hit homer off Hrabosky. Looking at the box score, it came in the bottom of the 7th, shortly after Ted Simmons had hit a homer off Goose Gossage in the top the 7th to put the Cardinals ahead.
- The thing I found most interesting, though, were the names of the teammates who scored on his homers. They are visible in the far right column. There are 12 different teammates who scored on his various homers. They include a bunch of future managers (Fregosi, Macha, Hargrove, Tenace) and some other really good players (Winfield, Oliver, Gamble).
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