No-helmet hitters during the 60s & 70s

by theFalcon - 32 cards (Last updated on Dec 8, 2021)



1. 1962 Post Cereal #133 Felipe Alou


Getty Images source: Hitting at Candlestick Park against Dodgers on 5/20/1061 and against Reds on 4/20/1961.


2. 1964 Topps Stand-Ups #NNO Ernie Banks


Getty Images source: Hitting at Polo Grounds on 5/16/62 against the Mets.


3. 1969 Topps #494 Ken Berry


YouTube highlights of 1967 All-Star Game show him pinch-hitting and getting blown away by Tom Seaver.


4. 1961 Topps #515 Jackie Brandt


Getty Images source: Hitting at Memorial Stadium on 9/4/1960 against the Yankees. This was photo was used for the cover of Sports Illustrated (4/10/1961).


5. 1964 Challenge The Yankees #NNO Harry Bright


YouTube source: The 15th strikeout victim of Sandy Koufax in Game One of 1963 World Series.


6. 1972 O-Pee-Chee #150 Norm Cash


YouTube source: 1968 World Series and 1972 ALCS.


7. 1964 Topps Giants #55 Orlando Cepeda


Getty Images source: Hitting at Connie Mack Stadium on 5/7/1961 and at Candlestick Park on 5/20/1961.

This looks like a one-year experiment, since there are pics of him wearing a helmet in 1960 and 1962.


8. 1961 Bazooka #17 Rocky Colavito


Getty Images source: Swing sequence photos on 5/20/1961 at Fenway Park.


9. 1961 Topps #52 George Crowe


YouTube source: Miscellaneous Cubs highlights including Don Cardwell retiring Crowe during his 1960 no-hitter at Wrigley Field.


10. 1965 O-Pee-Chee #129 Bennie Daniels


YouTube source: 1964 MLB highlights ... hit a homer at DC Stadium off Eddie Fisher of the White Sox!

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Comments

May 26, 2020 - 2:18PM
MoPack626

Indeed your list is quirky, but very interesting. I love the historical aspect of your list and the YouTube links. It's interesting that some players were brave (or stupid) to not wear one, especially when "safety" wasn't as prioritized as now. The NFL had something similar with helmets and face guards. I remember watching a Cardinals punter wearing just a single bar in games I think in 2006; he was grandfathered in like these MLB players.  

Jun 2, 2020 - 10:38PM
HookedSince68

Interesting topic. I like it. Can you name the last major leaguer to bat in a game without a helmet?

Jun 3, 2020 - 12:13AM
theFalcon

Unless you know differently, I'm pretty sure it's Bob Montgomery, who is already in this list.  His last season was 1979.  I remember watching a Yankees/Red Sox game where a broadcaster mentioned with disapproval how Montgomery wore a liner inside a soft cap as a substitute for a helmet.  It was either a Yankees broadcast or NBC network broadcast.

Jun 3, 2020 - 2:01AM
HookedSince68

Bingo! Bob was grandfathered in to not wear a helmet. His last game was September 9, 1979.



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