Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1970 TOPPS PETE ROSE

A CLASSIC ROSE MUG SHOT.
THAT TROPHY LOOKS A LITTLE LIKE A MALNOURISHED CHICKEN.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • This is my oldest Pete Rose card, and Pete looks, well, punky.

THE BACK PAGE

  • The '70 card backs are pretty sweet, very readable. 
  • Rose sure did put together a helluva '61 season for the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Pete was born to wear the Reds cap, don't you think?

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • After two consecutive batting titles, Rose finished ninth (.316) in '70.
  • Led the league for a third time in hits (205). He would do that four more times in his 24-year career.
  • After hitting a career-high 16 homers in '69, he added 15 more in '70. It was his sixth consecutive season with double-digit homers. 
  • Won his second consecutive Gold Glove in right field. 
  • I covered Rose's career a little more in depth in his '84 Topps Traded card post.

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