“31 in 31″ – The 1970′s – Card #1
Eddie Murray – 1978 Topps – #36
I have chosen Eddie Murray as the rookie that debuted in the 1970′s as the most complete baseball player while also having a significance in the hobby of collecting baseball cards.
Where do you start with this baseball superstar?
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, Murray is one of the most deadly hitters the game of baseball has ever seen. As a switch-hitter, Murray was indefensible. He can be described as the perfect combination of power and control at the plate. Murray is a member of the very small 3,000 hit & 500 home run club. In the history of baseball, only 4 players have ever accomplished this spectacular feat and Murray is one of them(the others being Aaron, Mays, and Palmeiro). With 3,255 hits and 504 homers Murray has distinguished himself as the best all-around hitter to debut during the 1970′s. In addition to his incredible hits and home run numbers, Murray was also a key source of run production. With 1,917 RBI and 1,627 runs scored over the course of his career, Murray was a constant force at the plate.
The awards and accolades on Murray’s resume are impressive - Rookie of the Year, 3-time Gold Glove winner, 3-time Silver Slugger winner, and an 8-time All-star. And while Murray was never able to capture the MVP award, he did finish in the Top 10 in 8 times.
Eddie Murray played in 3 World Series contests and won 1 championship title with the 1983 Baltimore Orioles.
Congratulations go out to Eddie Murray who is ’30-Year Old Cardboard’s’ choice as the Top Rookie from the 1970′s!!!!