‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

1973 Topps – Card #614 – AKA – ‘The Dwight Evans Rookie Card’

Alonza Bumbry – More commonly known as ‘Al’, Alonza Bumbry enjoyed a 14-year major league career, primarily as a Baltimore Oriole.  A skilled outfielder that could play all 3 spots, Bumbry’s impact was felt upon his arrival into the league as he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1973.  In that year, Bumbry hit .337 while also collecting 120 hits, scoring 73 runs, and stealing 23 bases.  His major league career culminated with a .281 batting average, 1,422 hits, 778 runs scored, 254 stolen bases, and 1 All-star game appearance in 1980.  Bumbry was a member of the 1983 World Series championship Baltimore Orioles. 

Dwight Evans – Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Charlie Spikes – A 9-year veteran, Spikes wore some of the game’s most legendary jerseys – Yankees, Indians, Tigers, and Braves.  An outfielder, Spikes was a starter during the early phase of his career but became a platoon player over the last few seasons he played in the big leagues.  While playing in Cleveland, Spikes blossomed and found his greatest success with that team.  All of his personal bests came from his 5 years playing for ‘The Tribe’!

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One response to “‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

  1. Now that walks are properly valued in baseball, Evans’ career looks even more impressive.

    When you factor in his glove, walks, and power, Evans has more value than many Hall of Famers.

    From 1981-1991 Evans had an OBP of .385 and an OPS of .869. If you take Rice’s best ten years in a string (1976-1986), his OBP was .356 with an .879 OPS. OBP is significantly more valuable than slugging. Add in Evan’s glove and Evans was considerably more valuable than Rice in their best ten.

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