1977 TOPPS CLOTH STICKER DAVE KINGMAN
Dave Kingman is as much 1977 to me as Rumours, Rocky, the Ramones, and R2-D2.
He brought to the mid ’70s Mets something that they had rarely seen before. The franchise– weaned on essential ineptitude, and brought to maturity by the finesse of a well-pitched game– now had at its disposal raw, dumb power.
And it felt good.
Kingman led the league in AB per HR in 1975 and 1976. He finished in the top 20 in the MVP voting both years, and donned disco-white spikes to represent the Mets in the Bicentennial All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium.
I didn’t grieve his June 15, 1977 move to the Padres quite as ferociously as I did that same day’s Tom Seaver trade, but it hurt.
Because simple things like Dave Kingman can mean the world when you’re a kid…