Thursday, January 12, 2012

1971 TOPPS KEN SINGLETON

IS THAT AN APPENDAGE GROWING
 FROM KEN'S WAIST?
NO MAN OF STEAL: 21 of 57 LIFETIME.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • It's Ken Singleton's rookie card and it's from the '71 set. An awful good combination.

THE BACK PAGE

  • I'm not sure that stat line constitutes "One of the NL's top rookies of 1970,'' but Singleton had a really nice career.
  • Four times he finished in the top 10 in MVP voting, including second in '79 to Don Baylor.
  • For the AL champs that year, he hit .295 with 35 HRs and 111 RBI. Still can't believe they blew a 3-1 Series lead to the Pirates. 
  • Hit .245 with 13 HRs, 46 RBI in '71.

PHOTO PLAY

  • The wave-the-bat-in-camera pose never gets old to me. 
  • The hate for the ('69) Mets has lessened, so seeing a player I regard as a franchise Oriole pictured in blue and orange is tolerable. Barely.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Grew up in New York City, played youth ball in the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park across the street from old Yankee Stadium but was signed by the Mets.
  • Finally ended up with the home team as a broadcaster with MSG Network and now YES.
  • Grew up in a house in Mount Vernon once owned by Dodger reliever Ralph Branca.
  • No truth to the rumor he's currently living in a house once owned by Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry
  • I just read in Artie Lange's book Too Fat to Fish (highly recommended) that Singleton was the first player to homer into the center-field batter's eye at old Yankee Stadium. Is that right? I know who the second was: Reggie, in Game 6 of the '77 Series.
  • After completing the Orioles team set about a year ago, I've decided to build the entire set. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will this set.

1 comment:

  1. Looks in great condition for a 71. Notice he has a smaller fourth leg growing from his left hip.

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