Vintage MLB Spring Training Programs

To commemorate the start of Major League Baseball Spring Training, here is a gallery of vintage spring training programs and scorecards.

Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Dodgers (1981 Topps baseball card)

Photo Gallery — Major League Baseball Managers As Players (AL)

Buck Showalter, New Haven Yankees

Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles — Buck never made it to the majors, but did play AAA ball briefly. This is a card from his time with the New Haven Yankees (AA), dated either 1978 or 1979.

Bobby Valentine, California Angels baseball card (1975)

Bobby Valentine, Boston Red Sox — No fake mustache needed here. This is Bobby as a member of the California Angels, from a Topps 1975 card. Valentine played for five big league squads during his ten-year career.

Joe Girardi, Chicago Cubs (2002 Topps baseball card)

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees — While he won three World Series as a Yankee, Joe Girardi spent most of his career playing backstop for the Cubs.

Joe Maddon, Lafayette College
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays — Maddon spent just four seasons in the minors, and never played higher than A ball for affiliates of the Angels and Padres. I couldn’t find any photos from that era, but there are some neat images of Maddon as a member of the Lafayette College baseball team in the mid-1970s on the Rays Index site.

John Farrell, Cleveland Indians (1989 Donruss baseball card)

John Farrell, Toronto Blue Jays — Farrell spent his first four seasons as a member of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff, before missing the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons due to injury. He played sparingly in four seasons after his return. He finished with a career record of 36-46.

Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox (1989 Fleer rookie card)

Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox — Chicago fans know Robin Ventura well, as he spent the first decade of his career with the White Sox. When all was said and done, Ventura had two All-Star appearances and six Gold Glove Awards to his credit over a 16-year Major League career.

Manny Acta, Osceola Astros minor league baseball card

Manny Acta, Cleveland Indians — The current Indians skipper spent five seasons in the Astros farm system, most of it at the A level. As best as I can tell this card is from his time with the Osceola Astros (A+).

Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers — It’s well-documented that Jim Leyland was in the Tigers minor league system from 1964-70, it’s just not well-photographed. If anyone can help me out here, I’d be most thankful!

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