Enzo Hernandez was the regular shortstop for the San Diego Padres during my early years.
But for some reason I really don't actually have any memories of watching him play at old San Diego Stadium. Ozzie Smith I remember. Not so much Enzo Hernandez.
Was I just too young?
A quick look at the back of the card may explain.
While Hernandez stole his share of bases, he didn't do much as a hitter. In 1974, his fourth year as the starting shortstop, he batted .232 with 34 RBI and no homers. His batting average and RBI totals were career highs to that point.
No wonder I don't remember the guy.
This 1975 card of him brings back old memories. The old uniform, the yellow and brown colors, but what's up with the jacket?
It looks like the stadium giveaway I got circa 1977. It's making me hot just thinking about it. Time to turn on the air conditioner.
I remember wearing my yellow vinyl Padres raincoat that they gave away around that time. There isn't much cause for a raincoat in San Diego. Nonetheless, I wore it every day until the vinyl had pretty much cracked completely from the white liner.
Enzo made my fave 3!
I think Enzo had one of the most infamous seasons of all time in his first year: 549 ABs, 9 Doubles, 0 Hrs, 12 RBI's, and .222 average. Next season he dropped his average by 24 points, but did get a home run and had increased RBI and doubles.
Padres had the patience of Job with this guy. Unrewarded.
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