Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wednesday's Wish List -1966

Things began to turn around for the Red Sox starting in the 1966 season. Although they only won 72 games that season, it was a big improvement over their 100-loss season the year before. It also ushered in a new era of management, and mercifully brought greater integration to the team. Starting the following year, through the present, the Sox have rarely had another losing season.

My 1966 collection is quite modest, with only catcher Mike Ryan, outfielders George Thomas and Lenny Green, manager Billy Herman, and the team card. On the wish list is:

George Scott - 1B
George Smith - 2B
Rico Petrocelli - SS
Joe Foy - 3B
Carl Yastrzemski - LF*
Don Demeter - CF
Tony Conigliaro - RF
Dalton Jones - 2B
Bob Tillman - C
Jose Tartabull - CF
Jim Lonborg - SP
Jose Santiago - SP
Lee Stange - SP
Don McMahon - RP
Bucky Brandon - RP
John Wyatt - SP (with A's?)

* Though I'm not an owner of a 1966 Yaz card, my younger son is, so with one of these cards - probably among the most expensive of the set - I'll turn my attention to the others. Ones like G. Scott, J. Foy, J. Lonborg and Tony C. will also be among the toughers to acquire given their likely high prices.

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