7.20.2008

1977 Hostess
Mark Fidrych


In the 1970's, there were not a whole lot of choices in baseball cards other than Topps. One company that did make cards was Hostess, the makers of Twinkies and Ding-Dongs.

The cards came in panels of three on the bottom of each box. And by the time they arrived into your cupboard from the grocery store they were all scuffed up.

As a kid going to elementary school, my lunch often consisted of: A sandwich, a package of Cheese 'N Crackers, a Hostess Twinkie (sometimes a Ding-Dong or Cupcake), and a carton of chocolate milk.

Believe it or not, the Twinkie or Ding-Dong was a staple for the typical third-grader in 1977.

And one of the more popular cards a kid could get was Mark Fidrych.

Fidrych had a great season in 1976 going 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. He was Rookie of the Year in 1976 and, in 1977, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with Big Bird.

How cool was that... when you're an 8-year-old?

1 comment:

Tony said...

I remember seeing these cards advertised on the back of comics back in the mid 70's. I was like 8 or 9 years old. I wanted to get some, but never found any. Bugged my parents to buy Twinkies but the cards were never in there. Maybe it's the fact that I live in Canada, maybe they were not available here?