‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43
1973 Topps – Card #609 – AKA – ‘The Davey Lopes Rookie Card’
Larvell Blanks – A 9-year veteran, Blanks started and ended his career in Atlanta with stops in Cleveland and Texas in between. A solid defender with a fair bat, Blanks spent time in the majors as both a starter and reserve. He has a career batting average is .253 and other notable stats include 57 doubles, 20 home runs, and 172 RBI.
Pedro Garcia – Garcia’s career in the big leagues lasted just 5 seasons, but he got regular work in that time. A low .220 hitter, it was Garcia’s defense and ability to score runs that kept him in the rotation. In 558 career games, Garcia scored 196 runs, drove in 184, and hit 37 home runs.
Dave Lopes – The speedy Lopes was a terror on the base paths. Stealing bases and scoring runs was something that Lopes did very well during his 16 years as a major leaguer – even past his 40th birthday! A 4-time All-star, Lopes scored 1,023 runs during his playing days along with stealing 557 bases, which is good for 25th on the all-time list. He recorded at least 40 or more steals in a season 7 times. Lopes was a member of the 1981 World Series championship LA Dodgers.