‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #51
1963 Topps - Card #228 – AKA – ‘The Tony Oliva Rookie Card’
Max Alvis – Alvis played in the big leagues for 9 years, making the All-star team twice. A solid thrid baseman, he was good in the field, and steady at the plate. During his 9-year career, Alvis compiled a .247 batting avergae while collecting 895 hits. He also rung up 421 runs scored, 111 home runs, and 373 RBI.
Bob Bailey – Bailey enjoyed a 17-year major league career that saw him call 5 teams ‘home’. A true role player, Bailey played 6 of 9 defensive positions at some point during his playing days. Bailey has 1,564 career hits. Other notable offensive numbers include his 772 runs scored, 189 home runs, 773 RBI, and 85 stolen bases.
Ed Kranepool – A lifetime New York Met, Ed Kranepool called ‘The Big Apple’ home from the team’s debut in 1962 through 1979. Kranepool was present for each and every win and loss during the team’s first 18 big-league seaons. He was part of their 1969 World Series championship team too!! In total, Ed Kranepool tallied 1,418 hits as a Met. He also made the All-star team during the 1965 season.
Pedro ‘Tony’ Oliva – Oliva had an incredible rookie season, and continued to excel from that point on. Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1964 with his 217 hits, 109 runs scored, and .323 batting average, Oliva was right at home playing major league baseball. A skilled offensive player, Oliva was a great contact hitter and he collected 150 or more hits in 8 of his 15 years as a pro. Oliva was a 8-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 10 for the MVP five times during his playing days.