Monday, August 18, 2014

Separated at Birth ('70s Version)

I’ve already done this one twice now – once for the ‘50s and once for the ‘60s. So, without further ado, let’s see if the trope still holds for the ‘70s.


No one knew why the squinting nostril shot was so popular that year.

Gerry Moses was up for nine years, but with seven different teams. He had one season as a starter, but  otherwise filled the dreaded position of “backup catcher.” 

Dave LaRoche pitched for 14 fairly unremarkable seasons. Some interesting trivia about Dave:
  • He was born Dave Garcia
  • He is not French
  • He threw an eephus pitch, which he called “la lob”
  • Two of his sons, Dave and Andy, made the majors


Ooh, twinsies! I mean, Twinsies!

Do note, however, the following differences:
  • Kusick has aviator glasses
  • The two are looking in opposite directions
  • The shots appear to have been taken in different stadiums (though I’m not totally sure about that last one)
It’s like one of those “can you spot the differences?” thingees in the newspaper!


Ooh, quadsies!

Wow, these two really are twins – same pose, same uniform, same stadium … Honestly, I cannot tell them apart!


Well, Scotty’s a little more full of himself, while Cecil’s definitely a little more clueless.  Father and son, perhaps?

The guy on the left’s been here before. Click on that link for an even goofier picture (I know, hard to believe), some of his stats, and a really embarrassing story about how you don’t want to go on the DL. 

The guy on the right was actually a fairly decent high school baseball player. I understand, though, he’s pursuing other talents now.

Inside joke alert! The guy on the right is the father of usability engineering (his name is Jakob Nielsen).  I’m a usability engineer.  We’re like engineers, who make things easy to use.  Like your iPhone.  We don’t all look like that, by the way.

As for the dude on the left, would you believe:
  • His real name is Claude
  • He was converted from a third baseman to a pitcher in the minors
  • He has a degree from MIT
  • He was a competitive bowler


Recruiting Officer: “Have you given any thought to your future, son?” 
Forrest Gump: "Thought"?

You all know Forrest. You might even know Gary Gentry. Heck, I think this is his third post in the blog. Yup, I’ve already got him down for major eyebrows and also cheesy mustache. Not sure there’s much more I can say about Gary that I haven’t already covered there.


Yeah, I get these two confused all the time too.

The guy on the left is another repeat offender in this blog. I’ve already booked him for moustache violations and for looking just plain stoopit. I also manage to make the same joke about the name in both those posts as well. Nothin’ more to say about this dude, I’m afraid.


At the other extreme, how could these two be the same person???

You’ve actually seen that card on the left before here, in a post where I also shared Dave’s stats. Just had to show the one on the right as well. Would you believe Cash is only 28 in this shot?

And, no, he is not 13 in the one on the left. A mere seven years divide the two portraits.

Things sure started out with a bang for Stan Bahnsen. In 1968, he finished with a 17-12 record, a 2.03 ERA, and a Rookie of the Year award. The next 15 years were a little more humdrum. He finished the next year 9-16 and somehow managed to lose 20 games a couple of years later. Overall he finished 146-149, with a 3.60 ERA.

Oh, Stan's the guy on the left. The other dude was an athlete as well. I think it was in some other sport than baseball though. Football, maybe? 


Pat Dobson is another frequent flyer in this blog. We’ve already looked up his nostrils, admired his particularly unruly hair, and caught him looking particularly dumb. Dude should have his own post.

The guy on the right actually played minor league ball, though his career was extremely short. Will Ferrell – AKA “Rojo” Johnson – delivered one pitch for the Round Rock Express. See it all right here.


Oops, wrong C.

Tom Buskey was up for eight years. He was the Tribe’s closer in ’74. His nickname was “Husky.” 

Nick Offerman is mostly known for playing the part of Ron Swanson in the TV show Parks and Recreation. He is also married to Will and Grace actress Megan Mullally (hubba hubba) and is a noted woodworker.


Little did his teammates know, but John Lowenstein was actually a 600-year-old vampire. Yup, that’s Vlad Tepes on the right, the original Count Dracula.

The guy on the left was up for 16 years, mostly in a platoon role. He was an announcer after retirement. He’s also one of the few native Montanans to play major league baseball.

The guy on the right liked to impale people on stakes. He was a Romanian prince who reigned in the 15th Century. He may or may not be still around, drink blood, change into a bat, and all sorts of other good stuff.


If only Jerry had unbuttoned his shirt …

The guy on the left was not a bad pitcher at all. He’s been in this blog before, where we made fun of the brim of his cap. (What, you made fun of the brim of his cap???)

The guy on the right is Michael York, movie star and hunky dreamboat.


Wait a minute. I think it’s the same guy. 

No, Larry Haney was not ambidextrous. The fine folks at Topps simply screwed things up – royally. The only way you can tell that Larry is a true righty is because the numbers on the guy in the back look very odd on the card to the right.


Yes, yes, I know the card on the left is an ’83 (and, so, doesn’t really fit in this blog), but this one is just so perfect, I had to include it. 

I’m guessing somebody might have taken Mike’s stapler.

* - author has this card


  1. Rich Reese was the victim of two famous strikeouts. He struck out to end Catfish Hunter's perfecto on May 8, 1968; and he was the record-setting 383rd strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan in 1973. Mr. Reese eventually became the CEO of Jim Beam, retiring in 2003.