March 20, 1941
Pat Corrales played for the Reds from 1968 through 1972. Also playing for the Reds during that time was some guy from Binger, Oklahoma, named Johnny Bench. Needless to say, Corrales didn’t see a whole lot of action. In 134 games for the Reds, Corrales only played one from start to finish. He went into coaching after his playing career ended, and is the only manager in major league history to be fired while his team was at the top of the division. In 1983, with a 43-42, the Phillies fired Corrales. The Phils went on to lose to the Orioles in the World Series that October.
Jim over at The Phillies Room makes some awesome custom cards, and has for several years now. He calls them “Chachi” sets, and I always look forward to seeing new customs on his site.
We recently agreed to a Phillies-for-Reds trade, and his package arrived in the mail today. My jaw almost hit the floor when I saw the goodies he picked out for me!
My collection of 1971 Topps Reds has increased a lot over the past few weeks, with great cards coming in from thoughtful bloggers. Pat Corrales is now the seventh Reds card I have from the 1971 set.
This 1979 Topps card commemorates Pete Rose‘s 44-game hitting streak, still a National League record.
Jim totally hooked me up with a ton of early 80s sweetness. Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, and Mario Soto were a few of the best Reds, or at least most popular, in the early 80s. Jim looked at my wantlists when he picked these cards out, because there was not a single double in the stack. Here’s the breakdown:
1981 Donruss: 3 cards
1981 Fleer: 10
1981 Topps: 2
1982 Donruss: 9
1982 Fleer: 8
1983 Donruss: 20!!!
But he also sent along a few modern cards also…
I don’t recall ever seeing a 1995 Topps Embossed card, so this Bret Boone was a very cool addition to my collection.
Thanks for the trade Jim. Awesome stuff!