‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #57

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #57

1963 Topps – Card #537 – AKA – ‘The Pete Rose Rookie Card’

Pedro Gonzalez – Gonzalez played in the big leagues for 5 seasons.  A utility player, he played all defensive positions with the exception of catcher.  Gonzalez amassed 264 hits during his playing days and he sports a .244 batting average.  He also scored 99 runs, hit 8 homers, stole 22 bases and drove in 70.

Ken McMullen – McMullen enjoyed a 16-year major league career in which he suited up for 5 teams.  A third baseman, McMullen displayed quite a bit of pop in his bat during his prime.  Collecting 156 home runs in his career, he hit double-digit homers during 8 different seasons. 

Pete Rose – The game’s all-time leader with 4,256 hits, Pete Rose was as well-rounded of a player as there was during his era.  Rose was able to hit for a high average while also dominating the base paths.  The 17-time All-star has a .303 lifetime batting average along with 198 stolen bases and 2,165 runs scored.  Rose won the Rookie of the Year award in 1963, the MVP in 1973, and he owns 1 Silver Slugger trophy and 2 Gold Glove awards.  Rose is a 3-time World Series champion.

Al Weis – Weis split time between the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox during his 10-year career.  A talented fielder, Weis spent a majority of his time playing second base and shortstop based on his team’s needs.  He has a lifetime batting average of .219.  In 10 years, collected 346 hits, 7 home runs, and 55 stolen bases.  Weis was part of the 1969 World Series winning ‘Amazin Mets’.

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