Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm still diggin (and disc'n) on Randy Jones

When we lived in San Diego, one of the players I really enjoyed watching play was pitcher Randy Jones.
A fifth-round pick of the 1972 draft out of Chapman University in Orange County, Calif., Jones won the 1976 Cy Young Award, with a 22-14 record and a 2.74 ERA, while pitching 316 innings and 25 complete games. The California native is still the Padres’ leader in innings pitched (1,765), starts (253), complete games (71) and shutouts (18).
He was named to the National League All-Star team in 1975 and 1976, recording a save in 1975 at Milwaukee’s Count Stadium and was the starting and winning pitcher in the 1976 contest at Philly’s Veterans Stadium.
In December 1980, he was traded to the New York Mets for Jose Moreno and John Pacella. Jones pitched his final game on Sept. 7, 1982, throwing 2.1 innings while giving up two earned runs in the Met’s 9-2 loss at Pittsburgh.
On May 9, 1997, Jones’ #35 became the second Friars number (following Steve Garvey’s #6) to be retired by the San Diego organization.

Today, Jones is often seen at PETCO Park, where he runs his popular Randy Jones Barbecue. Even though I've been to PETCO a few times, I've never had the opportunity to try his BBQ. I have heard its quite tasty, however.
Which leads to  yet another interesting group of San Diego Padres collectibles I've found - Randy Jones discs.
While the disc fronts look all the same, the backs are all quite different, representing a wealth of snacks featuring the Padres hurler.
Isaly’s was a chain of family-owned dairies and restaurants which began in Mansfield, Ohio and rapidly spread throughout the Midwest until the mid-70's. Dairy Isle was another Ohio-based ice cream chain, this one in Wooster. Orbakers was a drive-in located in Williamson, N.Y., and best known for "serving extraordinary food and ice cream since 1932."  Buckman's is another ice cream shop and bakery located in Rochester, N.Y. The final disc was a blankback, but it's been stamped with information for Lexington, Ky.'s Carousel Snack Bar at the Fayette Mall.

 Not to be outdone, here are three more Randy Jones discs.

Crane Potato Chips of Decatur, Ill. (Crane released a 77-disc baseball set that year), Zip'z and the 1978-79 Wiffle Sports Spectacular (one disc included inside each wiffle ball box, 188 discs in the set).
According to Beckett's, there are 22 Randy Jones discs:
1974 Padres McDonald Discs #7
1976 Dairy Isle Discs #23   
1976 Safelon Discs #23
1976 Red Barn Discs #23
1976 Blankback Discs #23   
1976 Buckman Discs #23 
1976 Crane Discs #23 
1976 Orbakers Discs #23 
1976 Towne Club Discs #23
1976 Carousel Discs #23
1976 Isaly Discs #23 
1977 Chilly Willie Discs #34
1977 Dairy Isle Discs #34 
1977 Detroit Caesars Discs #34
1977 Customized Discs #34
1977 Holiday Inn Discs #34
1977 MSA Discs #34
1977 Saga Discs #34
1977 Wendy's Discs #34
1977 Zip'z Discs #34
1977 Burger Chef Discs #134 
1978 Wiffle Ball Discs #33
Of those 22, I now own nine of them.
The nice thing is, I think it's a very doable possibility of getting all 22 discs. It'll be interesting to see how many of these I can attain over the course of 2014.

1 comment:

  1. That's crazy, I have never seen/heard of ANY of those. The crazy 70s...