|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
- Brooks Robinson gets the gold over Dick, Mick and Kill on my No. 1 leaders card of all time. ... Hmm. Dick, Mick, Kill sounds like F, Marry, Kill to me. Let's try it. Dick, Mick, Kill, vintage 1965: Barbara Eden, Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch. I'd ...
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.
- 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.
- 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.