1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #631 – Tony Gwynn & Tim Raines
“National League Batting Champs”
Every year since 1984, the names Gwynn and Raines have appeared at or near the top in the National League batting leaders. This consistency makes these two remarkable hitters among the favorites every season in the race for the National League batting title.
The 1987 National League batting title belonged to Tony Gwynn and his .371 batting average. It was Tony’s second NL batting title in the last four years. In 1984 he led the NL with a .351 average. This left-handed spray hitter has also led the NL in hits in three of the last four seasons.
Tim Raines’ only batting title came in 1986 when he edged both Tony Gwynn and Steve Sax in a race that was not decided until the last game of the season. The powerfully built, switch-hitting Raines copped MVP honors of the 1987 All-Star Game when his 2-run triple snapped a scoreless tie in the 13th inning. Tim was no stranger to All-Star pressure, he had been on six previous NL All-Star squads.