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1975 Topps Set Card 249/660 – #169 – Cookie Rojas, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 249/660 – #169 – Cookie Rojas, Royals

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Player Name:  Cookie Rojas

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1962-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cookie Rojas played in 120 games for the Kansas City Royals during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .254 for the team, with 103 hits in 406 at-bats.  Rojas scored 52 runs during the season while also driving in 60.

Notes From Career:  Cookie Rojas is a 5-time All-Star with 16 years of big league play on his resume.  The second baseman suited up for four different clubs during his playing days, amassing 1,660 hits in the process.  Rojas is a career .263 hitter with 593 RBI and 713 runs scored.

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1975 Topps Set Card 247/660 – #608 – Gene Michael, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 247/660 – #608 – Gene Michael, Yankees

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Player Name:  Gene Michael

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Shortstop, 2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1966-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Gene Michael played in 56 games for the Detroit Tigers during the course of the 1975 baseball season.  He hit just .214 on the year, going 31 for 145.  Of his 31 hits, Michael connected for 2 doubles, 3 home runs, and 26 singles.  He scored 15 runs for the Tigers in ’75 while also driving in 13.

Notes From Career:  Gene Michael played for four different clubs during his 10-yer MLB career.  A lifetime .229 hitter with 642 hits on his resume, Michael was a solid middle infielder, spending a majority of his time at shortstop.  Michael has 226 RBI for his career and he also scored 249 runs.  He never appeared in the postseason during his 1-year big league career.

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1975 Topps Set Card 143/660 – #445 – Felix Millan, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 143/660 – #445 – Felix Millan, Mets

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Player Name:  Felix Milan

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1966-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Felix Millan played in all 162 games of the 1975 baseball season.  For the Mets, he hit .283 with a career high of 191 hits.  Milan also scored 81 runs for the team while driving in 56.  He led the National League in being hit by the pitch – he was beaned 12 times.

Notes From Career:  Milan split time between the Mets and Braves during his 12-year career.  He is a lifetime .279 hitter with an on-base percentage of .322.  Milan connected for 1,617 career hits in 1,480 games played.  He has 229 doubles, 38 triples and 22 home runs on his resume.  Milan played against the A’s in the 1973 World Series but he was not victorious.

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Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 58 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

1975 Topps Set Card 27/660 – #404 – Ted Sizemore, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 27/660 – #404 – Ted Sizemore, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Ted Sizemore

Card Number: 404

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 years, 1969-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Sizemore his .240 in 153 games for the Cardinals i 1975.  He connected for 135 hits including 23 doubles and 3 home runs.  Sizemore drove in 49 runs in 1975 and also scored 56 times.  He also had 21 sacrifice hits.

Notes From Career:  Sizemore’s best season in the big leagues may have his first.  The 1969 Rookie Of The Year Award winner hit .271 for the Dodgers with 20 doubles, 46 RBI, and 69 runs scored as a 24-year old rookie.  As a member of the Phillies, Sizemore made it to the playoffs in 1977 and 1978, losing both times in the NLCS to the Dodgers.

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Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 57 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Lou Whitaker 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lou Whitaker 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Issued twenty years after the 1985 baseball season, this card of Lou Whitaker issued in 2005 by Topps takes us right back to ’85.

And Whitaker had a fantastic season in 1985!!!

Coming off of a World Series championship run with the Tigers in 1984, Lou was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and Silver Slugger winner in 1985.

His numbers – .279 batting average with 170 hits, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 21 home runs, 73 RBI, 102 runs scored, and a very solid on-base percentage of .382!!

And the crowd chants, ‘LOU’!!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 55 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history.  With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman. 

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award.  In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs.  Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive.  A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI.  In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense.  For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage.  Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Lou Whitaker 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lou Whitaker 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I just don’t know why Topps puts us through this…

During his 19-season career in the big leagues, Whitaker played in 2,308 regular season games.  In those contests, he handled 11,613 hit balls.

So, why on earth would Topps subject us to a posed photo of Whitaker fielding a grounder???

I just don’t get it…

UP FOR GRABS!!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

UP FOR GRABS!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

Here is another card from the 2001 Topps Archives set that I recently picked up.  And now that I have seen a few, I have come to this conclusion – If you are a player that was featured on a multi-player rookie card, and you were special enough to be honored by Topps, your Archives card is simply a ‘blown-up’ version of your rookie card.

For proof, see Denny Martinez and Carlton Fisk.

And now you can add Lou Whitaker to that fine list.

Oh, and if you want this card of ‘Sweet Lou’ just let me know.  The first person that asks for it, gets it!!!

Enjoy.