Monday, October 14, 2013

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #1 AL BATTING LEADERS


AND A ROOKIE SHALL LEAD THEM.



TWO ROOKIES IN THE TOP 10 IN BATTING.


Let's get Pursue the Pennants off to a rousing start by featuring over the next two weeks the first of six cards added since purchasing the starter set in August. For those scoring at home, 398 of the 598 cards have now been acquired, 66.5 percent of the set.

WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Tony Oliva became the first to win an AL batting title as a rookie with a .323 average and was a near-unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year. Brooks Robinson was second with a .317 average and was a near-unanimous selection for Most Valuable Player. Elston Howard hit .313 and was third in the MVP voting after winning it the previous season.

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • Oliva (fourth in MVP voting), Robinson (first) and Howard (third) were three of the league's best players from '64 all sharing the same card. 

GROOVY BITS

  • Oliva also won the AL batting title in '65, hitting .321, the second of three crowns.
  • This was the only time Robinson hit .300 in his 23-year career.
  • In '61, Howard hit a career-high .348 in 482 plate appearances, but fell 20 short of qualifying for the batting race.

BACK IN '65 ...

  • NBC sitcom I Dream of Jeannie debuts in September, featuring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie who marries an astronaut played by Larry Hagman. The show, with the first 30 episodes filmed in black and white, ran five years.



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