‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #15
1965 Topps – Card #16 – AKA – ‘The Joe Morgan Rookie Card’
Joe Morgan – Hall of Famer Morgan, was an integral part of the 2-time World Series champion ‘Big Red Machine’. A solid all-around player whose career lasted 22 major league seasons, Morgan left behind a very admirable resume. 2,517 hits, 1,650 runs scored, 449 doubles, 268 home runs, and a very impressive 689 stolen bases all lead to Morgan being a 10-time All-star and 2-time league Most Valuable Player winner.
Sonny Jackson – Jackson played 12 seasons in the big leagues. A well-rounded defensive player, Jackson used his speed to his advantage when playing both infield and outfield positions. Jackson’s best year came in his rookie season of 1966. He finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year award that season due to his amazing 174 hits, 49 stolen bases and just 53 strikeouts with 670 plate appearances. Jackson’s rookie year was the best of his career, and soon he was relegated to a bench role as a utility player.