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‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #47

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #47

1965 Topps – Card #533 – AKA – ‘The Tug McGraw Rookie Card’

Danny Napoleon – Napoleon’s career spanned just 2 seasons and 80 games.  An outfielder, Napoleon found it hard to break into the Mets’ lineup on a regular basis.  Primarily used as a back-up or replacement in late innings, he only made 142 plate appearances during his playing days.  Napoleon has a career batting average of .162 along with 21 hits, 7 runs scored, and 7 RBI.

Ron Swaboda – A true ‘fan-favorite’, Swaboda’s career lasted 9 years – and all of them were spent in New York.   Splitting time between the Mets and Yankees, Swaboda saw decent success with both teams.  His greatest accomplishment was being part of the 1969 World Champion ‘Amazin Mets’ team.  In that series, Swaboda hit .400 as he collected 6 hits in 15 plate appearances.  He also scored a run, drove in a run, and drew a walk. 

Jim Bethke – Undefeated, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!!!  Bethke made 25 appearances for the New York Mets during the 1968 season – and he is undefeated with a career record of 2-0!!  Bethke was used as a middle and long reliever, and eve though most of his statistics have inflated numbers, he can always claim to be one of major league baseball’s undefeated  pitchers!!

Tug McGraw – McGraw pitched in the big leagues for 19 seasons.  Splitting time between New York and Philadelphia, McGraw earned a 96-92 record.  Primarily used in relief, McGraw did find himself as a starter from time to time – and he as 5 complete games and 1 shutout to his credit.  McGraw is a 2-time All-star and was on the 1980 World Series winning Phillies.