Friday, October 5, 2012

1967 TOPPS TWIN TERRORS

I'M A FAN OF THEME CARDS.
DID SOME DAMAGE, DIDN'T THEY?

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Looks like it could be a template for a monster movie poster, doesn't it? All it needs is the dripping ink off the letters. 
  • Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew were part of the Twins' roar from the heart of the order from 1959-'68, combining for 633 homers and 1,740 RBI. 
  • They began their careers with the Washington Senators before the franchise moved to Minnesota for the '61 season.

THE BACK PAGE

  • These Topps theme cards always had pretty good write-ups. 
  • For a big guy (6-3, 205), Allison was an adroit base runner, legging out nine triples in '59.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Speaking of big, Allison looks like he's towering over Killebrew, even though the stocky Killer stood 6-0, 195.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Allison and Killebrew were the first teammates to hit grand slams in the same inning, coming July 18, 1962.
  •  Allison homered in three consecutive at-bats on May 17, 1963, and he teamed with Killerew, Tony Oliva and Jimmie Hall to hit four consecutive homers on May 2, 1964. 
  •  Allison had an off-year in '65, when the Twins advanced to the World Series against the Dodgers, but he made a memorable sliding backhanded catch in Game 2, robbing Jim Lefebvre of extra bases on a curving liner into the left-field corner.
  • Allison hit 20-plus homers in eight seasons.
  • Killebrew, a 500 home run club member, was one of the game's true nice guys and feared slugger with exceptionally quick hands. He retired as the career leader in home runs by a right-handed AL hitter (573).
  • He also hit 'em out of sight. He slammed the longest measured homers at Metropolitan Stadium (520 feet) and Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (471) and was the first of four players to homer over the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium. 
  • Asked once about his hobbies, Killebrew said "Just washing the dishes, I guess.'' Friday nights in the Killebrew household in the off-season must've been a riot. Then again, these quiet types sometimes are the ones leading the charge during happy hour. I can see Killer channeling his inner Jim Morrison when the uniform came off.

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