‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #56
1975 Topps – Card #622 – AKA – ‘The Fred Lynn Rookie Card’
Ed Armbrister – a 5-year veteran, Armbrister suited up for the ‘Big Red Machine’ from 1973-1977. Winning 2 World Series championship rings in the process, Armbrister played all three outfield positions for the team. A career .245 hitter, he collected 65 hits in 265 at-bats. Other notable offensive stats include his 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.
Fred Lynn – Lynn played for 5 teams over the course of his 17-year major league career. A 9-time All-star and winner of three Gold Glove awards, Lynn sported an all-around game that was to be envied. His best season in the majors was his rookie year – 1975. During that season Lynn hit .331 while collecting 175 hits that included 47 doubles, 7 triples, and 21 home runs. He also scored 103 runs while driving in another 105. Lynn’s performance was so dominant that he won the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in that year.
Tom Poquette – Poquette was used as a utility outfielder during his 7-year big league career. During that time, he played for 3 different teams and managed 3 post-season appearances(all losses in the ALCS). Poquette has a lifetime batting average of .268 that includes 329 career hits. He also amassed 127 runs scored, 10 home runs, 136 RBI, and he struck out just 82 times in 1,350 plate appearances.
Terry Whitfield – Whitfield played for 3 of the most historic franchises in major league baseball during his 10-year career – the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers. In that time, he managed just one trip to the post-season. Using mostly as a defensive replacement, Whitfield appeared in 730 games. He has a career batting average of .281 and he scored 233 runs, drove in 179, and collected 537 hits.