George Foster

Nominated by: John Stamper

Career Stats

 

Why did John Stamper nominate Mark Fidrych for the HOM?


George Foster is my choice for the Hall of Mediocrity. George started out with the Giants in 1969. Half way through the 1971 season, George Foster became a member of the Reds. A playoff caliber team that was missing some power and George was that power. With the addition of Joe Morgan and Ken Griffey the year after, “The Big Red Machine” was complete.

George played for my Favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds. I lived in Los Angeles and whenever the Reds were in town I went to the Stadium to see the greatest team of my era play baseball. George was fun to watch play. He had a great arm that few would dare test, the ones that did were often out. I always made sure I was in my seat when George was batting, you did not want to miss a Foster swing.

The 1975 World Series between the Reds and Red Sox was one of the best I ever watched. Game six, with the Reds leading 3 games to 2, Boston batting in extra innings and a runner on third with less than two outs, George demonstrated his great arm for the Nation to see. They hit a fly ball down the left field line and Foster caught it only feet from the sidewall. He fired the ball into Bench on a line and nailed the runner trying to score. Keeping the game tied and allowing one of the greatest World Series moments to happen, Fisk’s Homerun, forcing game 7, where the Reds took the game and the first of 2 World Series in a row.

George went on to win the Home Run and RBI title in 1977 and again in 1978. His best year was 1977 when he hit 52 Home Runs and drove in 149 runs. Between 1966 and 1989, George was the only player to hit more than 50 Home Runs in a season. Those 24 years are the longest in modern Baseball with only one player hitting 50 or more Home Runs in a season.

 

Card Checklist


YEAR / SET  / CARD

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1971 O-Pee-Chee 276   
1971 Reds Postcards 11  
1972 O-Pee-Chee 256  
1972 Topps 256  
1973 O-Pee-Chee 202 
1973 O-Pee-Chee 399  
1973 Topps 399  
1974 O-Pee-Chee 646  
1974 Topps 646  
1975 O-Pee-Chee 87  
1975 Topps Mini 87  
1975 Topps 87  
1976 Hostess 106  
1976 Linnett Superstars 95  
1976 O-Pee-Chee 179  
1976 Reds Icee Lids 4  
1976 Reds Kroger 8  
1976 SSPC  44  
1976 Topps 179  
1977 1977-79 Sportscaster 4517  
1977 Burger Chef Discs 201  
1977 Chilly Willie Discs 22  
1977 Customized Discs 22  
1977 Dairy Isle Discs 22  
1977 Detroit Caesars Discs 22  
1977 Holiday Inn Discs 22  
1977 Hostess 40  
1977 Kellogg's 1  
1977 MSA Discs 22  
1977 O-Pee-Chee 120  
1977 O-Pee-Chee 3 
1977 Pepsi Glove Discs 48 
1977 Reds Cartoons Parker 10 
1977 Saga Discs 22 
1977 Sports Illustrated Ad Cards 2 
1977 Topps 347 
1977 Venezuelan Topps Stickers 143 
1977 Wendy's Discs 22 
1977 Zip'z Discs 22 
1978 Hostess 2 
1978 Kellogg's 10 
1978 O-Pee-Chee 2  
1978 O-Pee-Chee 3  
1978 O-Pee-Chee 70 
1978 Pepsi 10 
1978 RC Cola Cans 13 
1978 Royal Crown Cola Iron-Ons 97 
1978 SSPC 270 113 
1978 Topps 500 
1978 Wiffle Ball Discs 24 
1979 Baseball Patches 31 
1979 Hostess 107 
1979 Kellogg's 32 
1979 O-Pee-Chee 316 
1979 Topps 600 
1980 Burger King Pitch/Hit/Run 15 
1980 Kellogg's 50 
1980 O-Pee-Chee 209 
1980 Reds Enquirer 15 
1980 Topps Super White Backs  24  
1980 Topps Super 24 
1980 Topps 400 
1981 All-Star Game Program Inserts 144 
1981 Coke Team Sets 41 
1981 Donruss 65 
1981 Drake's 18 
1981 Fleer Sticker Cards 41 
1981 Fleer 202 
1981 Fleer 216 
1981 Fleer 644A  
1981 Kellogg's 1 
1981 O-Pee-Chee 200 
1981 Perma-Graphic All-Stars 4 
1981 Perma-Graphic Credit Cards 9 
1981 Squirt 2 
1981 Topps Scratchoffs 65 
1981 Topps Stickers 159 
1981 Topps Super Home Team 35 
1981 Topps 200 
1982 1982-88 Regent Glove Tags 1 
1982 All-Star Game Program Inserts 54 
1982 Donruss 274 
1982 Drake's 13 
1982 Fleer Stamps 12  
1982 Fleer 66 
1982 K-Mart 32 : 
1982 Kellogg's 56 
1982 Mets Photo Album  7  
1982 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 126 Foil
1982 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 40 
1982 O-Pee-Chee 177  
1982 O-Pee-Chee 336  
1982 O-Pee-Chee 342  
1982 Seven-Eleven Slurpee Cups 19 
1982 Squirt 18 
1982 Topps Blackless 342  AS
1982 Topps Blackless 700 
1982 Topps Stickers 126  Foil
1982 Topps Stickers 40 
1982 Topps Traded 36T 
1982 Topps 342  
1982 Topps 700 
1982 Topps 701  
1983 All-Star Game Program Inserts 145 
1983 Donruss 427 
1983 Donruss 6  
1983 Drake's 8 
1983 Fleer Stamps 65 
1983 Fleer Stickers 239 
1983 Fleer 542 
1983 Kellogg's 22 
1983 Major League Picture Balls 3 
1983 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 263 
1983 O-Pee-Chee 80 
1983 Topps Stickers 263 
1983 Topps 80 
1984-89 O'Connell and Son Ink  193  
1984 All-Star Game Program Inserts 51 
1984 Donruss Champions 2 
1984 Donruss 312 
1984 Fleer 584 
1984 Fun Foods Pins 46 
1984 Mets Fan Club 3 
1984 Nestle 792 350 
1984 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 105 
1984 O-Pee-Chee 350 
1984 Topps Rub Downs 20  
1984 Topps Stickers 105 
1984 Topps Tiffany 350 
1984 Topps 350 
1985 All-Star Game Program Inserts 141 
1985 Donruss 603 
1985 Fleer 79 
1985 Leaf/Donruss 42 
1985 Mets Colla Postcards 26 
1985 Mets Fan Club 4 
1985 Mets TCMA 33 
1985 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 99 
1985 O-Pee-Chee 170 
1985 Police Mets/Yankees 
1985 Topps Rub Downs 20  
1985 Topps Stickers 99 
1985 Topps Tiffany 170 
1985 Topps 170 
1985 Topps/OPC Minis 170 
1985 Topps/OPC Minis 170 
1986 Donruss  116  
1986 Fleer 80 
1986 General Mills Booklets 4C 
1986 Mets Colla Postcards 12 
1986 Mets TCMA 25 
1986 O-Pee-Chee Stickers 100  261
1986 O-Pee-Chee 69 
1986 Topps Stickers 100  261
1986 Topps Tiffany 680 
1986 Topps 680 
1986 Woolworth's 11 
1990 Pacific Legends Glossy 72 
1990 Pacific Legends 72 


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