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1975 Topps Set Card 53/660 – #325 – Tony Oliva, Twins

1975 Topps Set Card 53/660 – #325 – Tony Oliva, Twins

Progress: 53/660

Player Name:  Tony Oliva

Card Number:  325

Team:  Minnesota Twins

Position:  Designated Hitter

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1962-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:   The 1975 baseball season was Tony Oliva’s final full-time season in the major leagues.  He appeared in 131 games for the Twins and proved he could still be a serviceable player with his .270 average, 13 home runs, and 58 RBI.  He led the league in getting hit-by-pitch with 13.

Notes From Career:  Tony Olive spent his full, 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins.  He was an 8-time All-Star, a 3-time batting champion, a Rookie Of the Year winner, and a perennial MVP candidate.  He left the game with 1,917 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .304, with nine seasons of hitting .300 or better.

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Tony Oliva 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Tony Oliva 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Oliva had an incredible rookie season, and continued to excel from that point on.  Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1964 with his 217 hits, 109 runs scored, and .323 batting average, Oliva was right at home playing major league baseball.  A skilled offensive player, Oliva was a great contact hitter and he collected 150 or more hits in 8 of his 15 years as a pro.  Oliva was a 8-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 10 for the MVP five times during his playing days.

That Topps All-Star Rookie Trophy looks great, huh??

Did You Know…

Tony Oliva won batting titles in each of his first twi full seasons in the major leagues.  In his first full-season campaign in 1964, Oliva hit .323.  He followed that up in his sophomore campaign in 1965 when he hit .321.  He won one more batting title in 1971, his 3rd, when he hit .337.

‘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’.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #51

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #51

1963 Topps – Card #228 – AKA – ‘The Tony Oliva Rookie Card’

Max Alvis – Alvis played in the big leagues for 9 years, making the All-star team twice.  A solid thrid baseman, he was good in the field, and steady at the plate.  During his 9-year career, Alvis compiled a .247 batting avergae while collecting 895 hits.  He also rung up 421 runs scored, 111 home runs, and 373 RBI. 

Bob Bailey – Bailey enjoyed a 17-year major league career that saw him call 5 teams ‘home’.  A true role player, Bailey played 6 of 9 defensive positions at some point during his playing days.  Bailey has 1,564 career hits.  Other notable offensive numbers include his 772 runs scored, 189 home runs, 773 RBI, and 85 stolen bases.

Ed Kranepool – A lifetime New York Met, Ed Kranepool called ‘The Big Apple’ home from the team’s debut in 1962 through 1979.  Kranepool was present for each and every win and loss during the team’s first 18 big-league seaons.  He was part of their 1969 World Series championship team too!!  In total, Ed Kranepool tallied 1,418 hits as a Met.  He also made the All-star team during the 1965 season.

Pedro ‘Tony’ Oliva – Oliva had an incredible rookie season, and continued to excel from that point on.  Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1964 with his 217 hits, 109 runs scored, and .323 batting average, Oliva was right at home playing major league baseball.  A skilled offensive player, Oliva was a great contact hitter and he collected 150 or more hits in 8 of his 15 years as a pro.  Oliva was a 8-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 10 for the MVP five times during his playing days.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

1963 Topps – Card #169 – AKA – ‘The Gaylord Perry Rookie Card’

Dick Egan – A 4-year veteran, Dick Egan made just 27 appearances in the big leagues.  Playing for 3 different teams in 4 years, Egan pitched a total of 101 innings.  He has a career record of 1-2 with 2 saves along with an ERA of 5.15.  In 101 innings of work, Egan gave up 109 hits while allowing 66 runs.

Julio Navarro – Navarro enjoyed six seasons in the major leagues, but he was used sparingly.  Pitching a total of 212 innings, Navarro appeared in 130 games for the Angels, Tigers, and Braves.  He has a career record of 7-9 with 17 saves and an ERA of 3.65.  Navarro allowed 191 hits and 97 runs while also striking out 151 batters and walking 70.

Gaylord Perry – Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry played 22 seasons in the big leagues.  He is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner as well as a member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ and 3000 Strikeouts Club’.  Perry amassed 314 wins during his career and pitched an amazing 303 complete games, 53 of which were shutouts.  Gaylord Perry is a 5-time All-star.

Tommie Sisk – A 9-year veteran, Tommie Sisk suited up for the Pirates, Padres, and White Sox during his playing days.  He has a career record of 40-49 with 10 saves.  40 of his wins include 19 complete games and 4 shutouts.  In 928 innings of work, Sisk allowed 937 hits while giving up 57 home runs.