“31 in 31″ – The 1970’s – Card #5
Robin Yount – 1975 Topps – #223
Robin Yount ranks as #5 on my list of the Top 31 rookies from the 1970’s. Had Yount played for a team that got more media attention, he could be even higher on the list.
Everything Robin Yount did, he did exceptionally well. A hitter for power, a hitter for average, a base runner, you name it and he did it very well. Yount was an offensive machine for 20 years as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. In 20 big league seasons, Yount finished his career with 3,142 hits. With those hits came 251 home runs and 271 stolen bases. And if you add to that his 1,406 RBI and 1,632 runs scored you’ve got a potent mixture that creates the perfect offensive threat.
A 2-time MVP winner with 5 more Top 18 finises, Yount was widely accepted as one of baseball’s best players for 2 decades. Yount is a 3-time All-star and a Gold Glove winner as well. Yount reached the World Series in 1982 and lost to the Cardinals in 7 games. In that series, Yount hit an amazing .414 as he collected 12 hits with 6 RBI.
Robin Yount was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999.