‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #53
1976 Topps – Card #592 – AKA – ‘The Willie Randolph Rookie Card’
Willie Randolph – A six-time All-star and winner of 1 Silver Slugger trophy, Willie Randolph enjoyed a very successful 18-season major league career. A solid defender at second base, Randolph used his speed as a weapon on both defense and offense. A lifetime .276 hitter, Randolph collected 2,210 hits while scoring 1,239 runs, stealing 271 bases, and even homering 54 times. Randolph played in 4 World Series contests, ultimately winning the prize in 1977 with the New York Yankees.
Dave McKay – An 8-year veteran, Dave McKay suited up for three different teams during his playing days. Used as a second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop, McKay was a strong defender and played well in a utility role. McKay’s career numbers include 441 hits, 191 runs scored, 21 home runs, and 170 RBI.
Jerry Royster – Royster’s career spanned 16 seasons. A skilled athlete, Royster played every defensive position with the exception of first base and catcher. During his career, Royster amassed a batting average of .249. He tallied 1,049 hits alongside 552 runs scored, 189 steals, 165 doubles, and 352 RBI.
Roy Staiger – Staiger played just 4 years in the big leagues, all of them in New York. Spending 3 years with the Mets and then 1 with the Yankees, Staiger was able to see life from both sides as a big leaguer in ‘The Big Apple’. He compiled a .228 batting average while appearing in 152 games. In total, Staiger amassed 104 hits, scored 42 runs, smacked 4 home runs, and drove in 38 RBI.