Occasionally Topps would capture
moments in baseball history on their
cards in action shots. We have a feeling
that in this 1974 Traded Card we see the
very moment that Fernando Gonzalez
was told that he was traded from the
perennial playoff contenders Pirates to
the upstart Royals.
He wasn’t happy.
Shipped to Kansas City with pitcher
Nelson Briles for catcher Ed Kirkpatrick,
minor league first sacker Winston Cole
and our beloved Kurt Bevacqua
(awesome name); Gonzalez never
caught on with the Royals as in ’74 a 21-
year-old George Brett took over at the
hot corner for KC.
Gonzalez would play in just nine games
with Kansas City that season, hitting only
.143 before being sold to the Yankees
part-way into the 1975 campaign.
The native of Puerto Rico would find his
way back to the Pirates in 1977, where
we trust he was happy again (although
he's serious in his '77 cardboard), as
Gonzalez hit a career high .276 in 80
Editor’s Note: Gonzalez would play in six
big league seasons, batting .235 with 17
long balls to his credit.