Tuesday, April 5, 2016

50 Years Ago - 1966 Opening Day Lineups (AL)

Here are the American League opening day starters from half a century ago. Teams are shown in order of 1966 finish.




White Sox:


                        (Jackie Warner was the right fielder)



Red Sox:
       Tony Horton (the man Topps forgot) was the 1st baseman.


Here are the 1966 NL lineups.

Also check out the 1967 opening day starters:
NL batters
AL batters


Jim from Downingtown said...

Love the Earl Battey (Twins) pose!

Jim said...

Thanks for putting these posts together. I really enjoy seeing all these line-ups using the 1966 cards (or the closest available substitutes). Well done!

Commishbob said...

Love these. Lots of memories here. The Orioles, on top as they were meant to be! That Twins lineup, if you stick Bob Allison in there in the Valdespino spot, is one of my favorite 'opponent' lineups ever. I think Allison was hurt at the beginning of the '66 season.

Odd to see the Yankees, with those big names, at the bottom.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Thanks to all.

Bob, it's hard to believe that was FIFTY years ago!

Mark Hoyle said...

Love these posts

Anonymous said...

Love these posts too. What's really amazing to me is that you were able to use actual 1966 cards with the correct team for the entire Indians' starting lineup. I bet you couldn't do that again for the next 25 years with the state of the franchise at that time.

Jim from Downingtown said...


Yeah, it's a good thing they didn't start Dick Howser at shortstop - I'm missing his card. (That's what happened with the Twins, Tigers, and Yankees.)

Jim from Downingtown said...

Scott, I see you are from Cleveland. If you are an old-school Indians' fan, you will appreciate this and this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim, I appreciate it! Yes, Indians fan since '72 and I firmly believe that NOTHING approaches those Topps sets from '64 to '75. I love, love, love the old low-tech, up-close-and-personal photography and plain, (mostly) unobtrusive set designs from those years. The ugly capless photos and airbrush jobs more than offset the cold, impersonal action shots of the more recent sets. I just wish somebody at Topps would one day write a book on set designs and what went into choosing them.