Wait til Next Year . . . is making a come back.

I am going to mix a bit of the philosophy of my life into this blog as I continue to highlight some of my baseball card collection. (hoping the card collectors of this world welcome me back)

Its been a tough 18 months for me . . . the Chicago Cubs have had it rough as well.

This site will be devoted to all those who need to define what "wait til next year" means.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Topps 1970: card # 11 Nate Colbert

Being the first San Diego Padre star it is very appropriate that he is the first Padre to show up in this 1970's set.

Colbert was an expansion team draft pick for the Padres (from the Houston Astros, having played in only 39 games in two years) but in 1969 (the Padres inaugural year) Colbert led the team in home runs (24), triples (9) and RBI's (66). The Padres only won 52 games in 1969 but Colbert was an emerging star first baseman.

A three time all-star (1971, 72 and 73), Colbert had his career day on August 1, 1972 - belting 5 home runs and driving in 13 runs in a doubleheader (tying Stan Musials HR record and breaking his previous record of 11 RBI's). His 1970's card shows his intense look and a very young clean shaven face; both of which would change drastically over the years.

Nate Colbert is the all-time leader in San Diego team history for home runs (163) and is in the top ten in many offensive categories including; 5th in total bases, 5th in at bats, 4th in slugging percentage and 7th in games played. The San Diego Padres have since recognized Colbert by inducting him in the team Hall of Fame in 1999.

Colbert's career spanned 11 years with his only productive years coming in San Diego (1969 - 1974); playing in 866 games and hitting 163 of his career 173 HR's and driving in 481 of his 520 career RBI's whle in a Padre uniform.

Nate Colbert . . . the first San Diego Padre star . . . the first Padre in 1970 . . .

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