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1975 Topps Set Card 313/660 – #264 – John Milner, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 313/660 – #264 – John Milner, Mets

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Card Number:  264

Player Name:  John Milner

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 12 seasons, 1971-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In 91 for the New York Mets during the 1975 baseball season, John Milner hit .191.  He connected for 42 hits in 220 at-bats while also delivering an on-base percentage of .302.  Milner had 11 doubles and 7 home runs in ’75, while also scoring 24 runs and driving in 29.

Notes From Career:  John Milner suited up for three different clubs during his 12-season big league career.  Milner is a lifetime .249 hitter with 855 career hits in 1,215 games played.  He scored 455 runs during his career while also driving in 498.  Milner won a World Series championship as a member of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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1975 Topps Set Card 312/660 – #324 – Ed Kranepool, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 312/660 – #324 – Ed Kranepool, Mets

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Card Number:  324

Player Name:  Ed Kranepool

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  First Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 18 seasons, 1962-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ed Kranepool played in 105 games for the New York Mets in 1975.  He hit .323 on the season with 105 hits in 325 st-bats.  Of his 105 hits, Kranepool connected for 16 doubles and 4 home runs with 42 runs scored and 43 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Ed Kranepool played his entire big league career with the Mets.  He was selected to the 1965 NL All-Star team and is a member of the 1969 World Series winning team.  Kranepool is a lifetime .261 hitter with 1,418 hits.  He has 235 career doubles and hit 118 home runs.

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1975 Topps Set Card 298/660 – #291 – Bill Sudakis, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 298/660 – #291 – Bill Sudakis, Yankees

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Card Number:  291

Player Name:  Bill Sudakis

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Designated Hitter, 1st Base

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues: 8 seasons, 1968-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Sudakis played in 50 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Angels and Indians.  Combined, Sudakis had 16 hits in 104 at-bats en route to a .154 batting average.  He had 2 doubles and 2 home runs while scoring 8 runs and driving in 9.

Notes From Career:  Bill Sudakis played for six different teams during his 8-year big league career.  He is a lifetime .234 hitter with 362 hits to his credit.  Sudakis has 56 career RBI and 50 home runs to go along with 177 runs scored and 214 RBI.

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Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 60 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

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Did You Know…

Bill Buckner was the first left-handed Chicago Cubs hitter to lead the league in doubles at the conclusion of a baseball season.  In 1981, Buckner led the NL with 35 doubles.

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1975 Topps Set Card 246/660 – #348 – Tony Muser, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 246/660 – #348 – Tony Muser, White Sox

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Player Name:  Tony Muser

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969, 1971-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tony Muser played in 123 games over the course of the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles.  Muser hit .275 in 1975, with 53 hits in 193 at-bats.  He scored 22 runs and drove in 17 runs combined between the two clubs.

Notes From Career:  Tony Muser is a career .259 hitter that played for four different clubs during his major league career.  Muser has 329 career hits that includes 41 doubles, 9 triples, and 7 home runs.  He scored 123 runs during his 9-year career and also drove in 117.  In 1,389 plate appearances, Muser struck out just 138 times.

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1975 Topps Set Card 241/660 – #154 – Mike Lum, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 241/660 – #154 – Mike Lum, Braves

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Player Name:  Mike Lum

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Outfield, 1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1967-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mike Lum played in 124 games for the Atlanta Braves during the 1975 baseball season.  Lum collected 83 hits over the course of the season including 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 home runs.  He hit .228 on the year, while also accounting for 32 runs and 36 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Mike Lum suited up for three different teams during his 15-year major league career.  He is a lifetime .247 hitter with 877 career hits.  In 1,517 career games, Lum scored 404 runs, drove in 431 runs, and struck out 506 times.

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Happy Birthday John Olerud!!!

Happy Birthday John Olerud!!!

John Olerud turns 46 years old today.

And to be quite honest, I am shocked to learn that he is that young.  You see, Olerud retired from baseball back in 2005 at the age of 36.  Personally I would love to be retired when I reach 36, but even in the world of professional baseball, 36 is considered to be a young age to leave the game.

John Olerud had a very solid 17-year major league career.  The highlight of his career would undoubtedly be his winning 2 World Series championships with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.

Olerud was also able to achieve some individual awards as well.  He was a 2-time all-star and 3-time winner of the Gold Glove award.

For his birthday I would like to give Olerud a few more career achievements.  Let’s start with 261 more hits to round out his career total to 2,500.  How about another 45 home runs as well so he could reach the 300 mark?  Come on, he deserves it.  And if he stuck around the game for a few more years it’s very possible that these baseball milestones would have been met anyway…

Happy Birthday Mr. Olerud!!!

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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 74 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

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Player Name:  Willie Montanez

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1966, 1970-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Montanez appeared in 156 games during the 1975 baseball season splitting time playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  He hit a combined .302 for both clubs with 182 hits in 602 at-bats.  Montanez drove in a combined 101 runs in 1975 while also scoring 61 times.  He led the NL in double plays hit into with 26.

Notes From Career:  Willie Montanez played for nine different teams during his 14-year big league career.  He was named to the 1977 NL All-Star team.  He was also an MVP candidate during the 1975 and 1976 baseball seasons.  Montanez is a career .266 hitter with 1,604 lifetime hits.  Montanez never appeared in the postseason.

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