Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Giants' DP Combo (Dick Schofield/Hal Lanier)

Here's one of the "group" cards that Topps issued for most of the teams in 1966 and 1967. In 1965, these two were the Giants' starting Keystone Combo for 81 games. In 1966, they only hooked up 4 times before Schofield was sold to the Yankees in mid-May.

Dick Schofield had a 19-year career (1953-71) as a shortstop with 7 teams, mostly the Cardinals (1953-58) and the Pirates (1958-65). His only extended time as an everyday player was during the '63, '64, and '65 seasons.

His son Dick was the Angels' shortstop during the 1980s and early 1990s, and his grandson is Phillies' right fielder Jayson Werth.

Hal Lanier also comes from a baseball family. His father Max pitched for the Cardinals during the 1940s. Hal played shortstop and 2nd base for the Giants from 1964 to 1971, before winding up his career with the Yankees in 1972 and 1973. He later managed the Astros from 1986-88.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now this is the kind of card that Topps should do more often. I love it! They could have DP combo, and battery combo (C-P). Can you imagine how many people would be clammering for a Jete-Cano DP Combo card? Or if there was a Russell-Lopes DP Combo card?