Friday, May 18, 2012

1967 TOPPS THE CHAMPS

THEIR NAMES SHOULD BE IN YELLOW; 
THE BLACK FADES INTO THE BACKGROUND.
THIRD SACKER IS A COOL TERM.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • The '67 set had a lot of these theme cards, but none was better than this one, celebrating the Orioles' first Series championship the previous season.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Interesting how Topps forgot to mention Frank Robinson won the Triple Crown.

PHOTO PLAY

  • As most know, this photo and the '68 Bird Belters photo were taken one after the other. The Bird Belters featured only the Robinsons.
  • Brooks Robinson looks like he could be the bat boy, doesn't he?

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Many point to Frank being the missing ingredient that lifted the O's to the title and he definitely was a huge part, but Bauer really doesn't get enough credit. He was a no-nonsense manager who took over after the '63 season.
  • An ex-Marine and former Yankee, Bauer once pinned Whitey Ford to a wall and said "Don't mess with my money,'' referring to postseason money that he thought Ford and Mickey Mantle were jeopardizing with their off-the-field shenanigans.
  • Bauer played on seven World Series championship teams with the Yankees. A career .277 batter, he hit 164 HRs and drove in 703.
  • According to Reds owner Bill DeWitt, Frank was "an old 30,'' explaining why he would trade him to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson after the '65 season. The rest is history. 
  • Robby hit .316 with 49 HRs and 122 RBI in '66. He also led the lead in runs (122). During that first season in Baltimore, Frank became the first and only player to slam a ball completely out of Memorial Stadium. 
  • He hit two homers and drove in three runs in the four-game sweep of the Dodgers in the Series.
  • Brooks was the '66 All-Star Game MVP (going 3-for-4, including a triple off Sandy Koufax) and was second to Frank in AL MVP voting, hitting 23 homers and driving in 100.
  • The Robinsons set the tone for the '66 Series by homering back-to-back off Don Drysdale, giving the Birds a 3-0 first-inning lead in Game 1, which they eventually won 5-2.
  • Baltimore never trailed in the series and shut out the Dodgers in the final three games, 6-0, 1-0 and 1-0.

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