“31 in 31″ – The 1970’s – Card #4
Paul Molitor w/Alan Trammell – 1978 Topps – #707
This was tough. If you take the stats of both of these baseball studs and add them together you have an unstoppable force. But how do you rate this card when you are trying to rank the best rookies from the 1970’s??? Puzzling for sure. What I did was take the ‘bigger’ of the 2 stars which in my opinion is Paul Molitor. So, there is no Alan Trammell post in this ’31 in 31′ story. Unfortunately he falls short compared to Molitor so I am classifying this card solely as a Paul Molitor rookie card.
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career. Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.
With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years. For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs. And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases. This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well. Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.
When Molitor got the opportunity to play in the World Series, he took full advantage and the world watched in awe. Playing in the 1982 contest with the Brewers and then again in 1993 with the Blue Jays, Molitor put on a remarkable show. In 13 games between the 2 series’, Molitor went 23 for 55 hitting a solid .418. He also homered twice and drove in 11 runs. Although his Brewers lost the championship in 1983, he did go on to win a title in 1993 and was voted World Series MVP for his dominant hitting performance in which he hit .500.