Saturday, January 21, 2012

1965 TOPPS RBI LEADERS

HOOVER CLEANED UP
THE BASES ON THE WAY TO THE MVP.
AFTER MANTLE, YOU HAVE TO GO 22 PLAYERS
 BEFORE THE  NEXT HOFer.

THE FRONT PAGE

THE BACK PAGE

  • The '64 season was the first of two where Robinson, the AL MVP, drove in 100+. 
  • Dick Stuart was in the middle of a three-year run where he hit 103 homers and drove in 327.
  • This was it for Mickey Mantle. He wouldn't reach 100 RBI again. He finished second to Brooks in the MVP voting. 
  • Harmon Killebrew led the AL in HRs (49) and hit by pitch (8).
  • Topps made this card No. 5, Brooks' iconic jersey number. By the way, his first two numbers with the O's were 21 and 34. Nice numbers, to be sure, but 5 fits Brooksie like a Gold Glove.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Love the '65 pennant flag logos and highlighting the stat leader with a bigger photo. 
  • The laughing Bird sleeve logo was one of the '60's best.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Three of the four made the Hall of Fame, and Stuart's first eight seasons were outstanding offensively, but he was brutal in the field at first. He set a major-league record that still stands with 29 errors in '63.
  • Interesting how Stuart is on a card with one of the best fielders ever: "The Human Vacuum Cleaner dives, makes the stop, rises to his feet, throws across the diamond to Dr. Stranglove ... oh, he drops the ball?! How do you drop a perfect throw like that?''
  • I swear Stuart looks like Carl Yastrzemski.

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