Daily Archives: November 22, 2009

‘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.

1982 Topps Home Run Leaders Featuring Eddie Murray!!!

1982 Topps Home Run Leaders

This card celebrates the top home run hitters from the 1981 baseball season.

Mike Schmidt led all hitters with his 31 dingers during the 1981 campaign.  In the American League, there was a 4-way tie for the league leader spot at just 22.  The group included Tony Armas, Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich, and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.

It’s amazing how much the game has changed over time.  During the 2009 baseball season 23 players had more than Schmidt’s tally of 31.  And there were well over 70 players to eclipse Murray’s league best 22.

Murray 82T HR