Category Archives: 'Same Cards, Different Paths'

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #22

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #22

1967 Topps – Card #581 – AKA – ‘The Tom Seaver Rookie Card’

Bill Denehy – Denehy’s career lasted 3 brief seasons.  He appeared in 49 games and finished his career with a 1-10 record along with 1 save.  His high ERA of 4.56 coupled with his 63:61 K:walk ratio assisted in his quick exit from the big leagues.

Tom Seaver – Seaver was a Rookie of the Year winner, a 3-time Cy Young award winner, and a member of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets.  His Hall of Fame resume includes 311 wins, a career 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and being a 12-time All-star.  Seaver was one of the most dominant pitchers in the 1970’s – and he deservedly earned the nickname ‘Tom Terrific’!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #21

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #21

1972 Topps – Card #474 – AKA – ‘The Don Baylor Rookie Card’

Don Baylor – The leagues MVP in 1979 had a wonderful 19-year major league baseball career.  Baylor was a power hitter as he connected for 338 home runs during his playing days.  And amazingly, Baylor also stole 285 bases!  In 10 of his 19 seasons Baylor reached double figures in both home runs and stolen bases; 4 of which were 20/20.  Baylor won a World Series championship as a member of the Twins in 1987.

Roric Harrison – A 5-season veteran, Harrison played for 4 different teams in that short time.  With a career record of 30-35, Harrison also tallied 10 career saves.  Harrison was never able to solidify a spot as a starter or relief pitcher and by 1978 his professional career was complete.

Johnny Oates – The 10th pick in the 1967 draft, Oates enjoyed a 11-year career in the big leagues.  A career .250 hitter, Oates amassed just 410 hits.  Of his offensive stats, the most impressive would be his 149 strikeouts in 1,820 plate appearances!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #20

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #20

1975 Topps – Card #623 – AKA – ‘The Keith Hernandez Rookie Card’

Phil Garner – Garner enjoyed a full, 16-year career as he played for 5 different teams.  A 3-time All-star, and member of the 1979 World Champion Orioles, Garner tallied 1,594 career hits including 109 home runs, 738 RBI, and 225 stolen bases.

Keith Hernandez – One of the most underrated players from his era, Keith Hernandez enjoyed a wonderful major league career.  Climaxing with the 1979 MVP Award, Hernandez was a 5-time All-star, 11-time Gold Glove Award winner, 2-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 2-time World Series champion.  Hernandez finished his stellar career with 2,182 hits, 162 home runs, 1,070 RBI, and 1,124 runs scored.  

Bob Sheldon – Sheldon’s career spanned 3 seasons and just 94 games.  Primarily used as a designated hitter, Sheldon failed to impress his managers with his offensive skills and was quickly out of baseball.  In 94 games, Sheldon managed to amass 67 career hits with 17 RBI, 30 runs scored, and a .256 batting average.

Tom Veryzer – Veryzer played shortstop for 4 big league clubs over the span of 12 years.  A fair hitter without a glaring offensive skill, Veryzer became a nice, serviceable player that remained in the big leagues due to his solid play on defense.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #19

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #19

1970 Topps – Card #189 – AKA – ‘The Thurman Munson Rookie Card’

Thurman Munson – An 11-year veteran and 7-time All-star, Munson’s life and career were tragically cut short when he passed away at the age of just 32.  A Rookie of the Year and MVP Award winner, Munson was a fan favorite for the New York Yankees.  He was a solid all-around player that had a knack for making key defensive plays while also driving in runs and hitting home runs.  Munson was a member of the Yankees championship teams of 1977 and 1978.

Dave McDonald – McDonald played in just 33 games between 1969-1971.  McDonald has 6 career hits, 1 of which is a home run.  He also drove in 6 runs while scoring 3 himself.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #18

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #18

1975 Topps – Card #616 – AKA – ‘The Jim Rice Rookie Card’

Dave Augustine – Augustine appeared in just 29 games in the big leagues.  As a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, he has a career batting average of .207 with 6 hits and 4 runs scored while getting just 29 plate appearances.

Pepe Mangual – A 6-year veteran that played in both Montreal and New York, Mangual was a utility outfielder with a knack for stealing bases.  For his career, Mangual amassed 235 hits, scored 155 runs, and stole 64 bases. 

Jim Rice – The newest member of the Hall of Fame was a 8-time All-star and 1-time winner of the MVP award.  Rice enjoyed a 16-year career as a member of the Boston Red Sox.  His career numbers include 2,452 hits, 1,249 runs scored, 1,451 RBI, and 382 home runs.  In his MVP season of 1978, Rice collected 213 hits with a .315 batting average.  He also smacked 46 home runs, 25 doubles, scored 121 runs, and drove in 139.  Rice played in the 1986 World Series but lost to the eventual champion New York Mets.

John Scott – Scott’s brief career spanned three years but he only appeared in 118 games.  After two terrible seasons with the Padres, Scott played his final, and best, season with the Blue Jays.  Scott is a career .222 hitter.  His resume includes 56 hits, 26 runs scored, 13 stolen bases, 15 RBI, and 2 home runs.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #17

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #17

1986 Fleer – Card #653 – AKA – ‘The Cecil Fielder Rookie Card’

Fielder

Cecil Fielder – ‘Big Daddy’ was one of the premier home run hitters during the 1980’s.  When most of the league’s top sluggers were struggling to crush 30 bombs a year, Cecil Fielder was routinely out-slugging them in record fashion.  After a 4-year stint with Toronto that resulted in very little playing time, Fielder played in Japan for a year before returning to the big leagues and joining the Detroit Tigers.  The next 8 years resulted in 284 home runs, 3 All-star selections, and 2 Silver Slugger awards.  Fielder went on to win 1 World Series in 1996 as a member of the New York Yankees.

Cory Snyder – Snyder had and still has a cult-like following.  A member of the 1984 Olympic team that represented the United States, Snyder’s professional career looked like it would be a mighty one.  Unfortunately sub-par season after sub-par season led to just a 9-year career in the majors.  Snyder left the game with 902 career hits, 149 home runs, 488 RBI, and no post season memories.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #16

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #16

1970 Topps – Card #21 – AKA – ‘The Vida Blue Rookie Card’

Blue

Vida Blue – Blue’s first full year in the majors was stellar.  In 1971 he won the Cy Young and MVP awards in the American League.  With a record of 24-8, Blue threw 24 complete games, 8 shutouts, struck out 301 batters, had an ERA of 1.82, and he was just 21 years old.  For his career, Blue went 209-161 and he was a 6-time All-star.  Blue was a member of three Oakland A’s teams that went on to win the World Series in 1972, 1973, and 1974.

Gene Tenace – A 15-season veteran, Tenace was the guy that found himself in the right place at the right time quite often.  Owner of 4 World Series championship rings, Tenace won three titles with the A’s during the mid-1970’s and then his final one with the Cardinals in 1982.  Tenace made the All-star team one time and he finished his career with a .241 batting average alongside 1,060 hits, 201 home runs, and 674 RBI.