Saturday, February 6, 2010

Miami Dolphins

Here are the 1968 Miami Dolphins. Aside from Bob Griese, they are not a very impressive bunch. By the time coach Don Shula whipped this team into Super Bowl shape three years later, only Griese and Howard Twilley would remain from this group.

Odd that there's no running backs included, but all 3 starting receivers are here. These were Griese's targets in the early years, before veteran ends Paul Warfield and Marv Fleming were brought in. Also no linemen cards, but 2 defensive backs?

Back in the day, I only had Jack Clancy and Dick Westmoreland.

#196 Bob Griese - Griese was the Dolphins' #1 pick (4th overall) in the 1967 draft. He played his entire career (1967-80) with Miami, and was the starter in all but his final season. Bob played in 3 straight Super Bowls (1971-73), winning the last 2. Although the Dolphins went 17-0 in the 1972 season, Griese only started 5 of those regular season games, due to injuries. Backup QB Earl Morrall (who also played in Super Bowl III with the Colts) started 9 games in 1972. Griese was an 8-time Pro Bowler, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. (This is one of the two 1968 cards I don't have. The picture is not sharp because it's a cropped image of a card mounted in plexiglass.)

#14 Jack Clancy - Jack was the Dolphins' flanker in his rookie season of 1967 and in 1969. He missed the 1968 season altogether. In 1970, Paul Warfield joined the team, so the Dolphins lowered the boom on Clancy. He finished his career in 1970 with the Packers.

#39 Howard Twilley - Although this card indicates Twilley was a split end, the website lists him as the flanker. After pairing with Jack Clancy or Karl Noonan for several seasons, Twilley had the good fortune of playing across from Paul Warfield in the early 1970s.

#144 Doug Moreau - Moreau went from spending his rookie season (1966) on the taxi squad, to the starting tight end job in 1967 and 1968. In 1969, he lost his starting job to Larry Seiple, who in turn would lose his TE job in 1970 when big Marv Fleming was brought in from Green Bay. Moreau finished his pro career in 1969 with the Dolphins.

#92 Tom Goode - Tom played 4 seasons with the Houston Oilers before coming to the Dolphins in the 1965 expansion draft. (With the Oilers, he played both center and linebacker.) He was the Dolphins' starting center for 4 seasons, before finishing up his career in 1970 with the Colts. He was the long-snapper for the last-second winning field goal in Super Bowl V against the Cowboys.

#170 Frank Emanuel - Frank was the Dolphins' #2 pick in 1966, and was their starting middle linebacker for his first 3 seasons. What happened after that? Well, the Dolphins acquired Nick Buoniconti from the Patriots, and Emanuel found a job with Miami's special teams for one more season, before going to the Saints in 1970 where he ended his career.

#66 Jimmy Warren - After 2 seasons with the Chargers, Warren was the Dolphins' starting left cornerback for 4 seasons (1966-69). Beginning in 1970, he spent 6 seasons as a backup with the Oakland Raiders' goon squad. defensive backs.

#118 Dick Westmoreland - Like Jimmy Warren, Westmoreland started out with the San Diego Chargers. After 3 seasons with the Chargers, he became the Dolphins' starting right cornerback for 3 seasons (1966-68), before losing his job in 1969 to rookie Lloyd Mumphord. Westmoreland's last season was 1969.

Also check out the 1971 Dolphins.

Next time: Boston Patriots


John said...

I like the fact that Jimmy Warren was a Dolphin in 1966 but Topps still used a 1965 photo for its 1968 set

Jim from Downingtown said...

Yeah, you could excuse Topps for the NFL teams, since they didn't cover them since 1963, but they should have had current pictures for all the AFL starters!

Erik said...

I believe that Warren was in a Dolphins uniform for his 1967 Topps FB card.

BTW, love the 1968 Topps Football blog Jim. Keep it going!

bill said...

Great blog about my favorite Football card set! i've got 14 different in PSA 7 and 8 plus a Dick Butkus in PSA4. I love to buy them in the nice PSA holders, but I have the majority of the set not graded. Thank you for sharing your blog! Regards, bh3443

Tim Tak said...

Great blog! I couldn't help but notice that the Clancy, Twilley and Emanuel photos are showing them with their helmets on WITH the Dolphins' logo visible. I collected Topps' NFL cards from 1970 through 1977 and I think due to licensing agreements no logos of any team were allowed to be shown in the photos...hence the infamous Topps' airbrushing jobs we've all come to know and love/hate. Would you or anyone happen to know if there were different or no restrictions for the 1968 set (and/or others prior to the 1970 set)?

Jim from Downingtown said...

I don't know when the licensing restrictions kicked in. Back then, I collected football cards in '67, '68, '71, and '72. I did notice that in the 1967 NFL set, there are very few players shown with helmets, mostly Giants (or Saints shown in their 1966 Giants' uniform) and a few Colts.